April Jones: Machynlleth won't give up hope - family friend

A friend of the family of missing five-year-old April Jones says there remains "so much hope" she will be found alive, one month since she disappeared.

Related Stories

A friend of the family of missing five-year-old April Jones says there remains "so much hope" she will be found alive, one month since she disappeared.

Ceri Herbert, 33, said that when a child goes missing: "You just can't give up".

She said April's parents Coral and Paul have had "fantastic" support from the Powys community of Machynlleth, which has shielded them from media attention.

Mark Bridger, 46, has been charged with the abduction and murder of April.

"Paul and Coral, the family, everyone is just devastated and their main thing now is just to get April home as soon as possible," said Ms Herbert.

"They're having fantastic support. Just knowing that the search is still ongoing by the police and special search teams - it means so much to them."

Ms Herbert told BBC 5Live the community had protected Mr and Mrs Jones from the intense media attention.

"They want the media attention for April, not for them," Ms Herbert said.

April's parents still hope their daughter will be found alive.

Start Quote

Our focus is on Paul and Coral and to give them as much help as we can”

End Quote Ceri Herbert Family friend

"I think as a whole community we have hope and we have to carry on having hope because you just can't give up.

"When it comes to a child you can't give up," she said.

Ms Herbert told presenter Shelagh Fogarty the town had pulled together since April's disappearance.

"It just shows what a fantastic town Machynlleth is and what a wonderful place it is to live.

"Our focus is on Paul and Coral and to give them as much help as we can."

Ms Herbert said their lives had stopped since April's disappearance, but events such as Halloween had kept the community going.

"It was lovely. Every door we knocked on people were so happy to see the children out trick or treating - and just being children, really," she said.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Wales stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • GeoguessrWhere in the world...?

    Think you are a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s interactive game

Programmes

  • Tom BrookTalking Movies Watch

    Tom Brook looks back at some of the best movies of 2014 from around the world

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.