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April pain never goes away - Father

Published 02/05/2015

April Jones was murdered by slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger in October 2012 (PA/Dyfed-Powys Police)
April Jones was murdered by slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger in October 2012 (PA/Dyfed-Powys Police)

The father of April Jones has told of his pain at her death as he prepared to take part in a 10k run in his daughter's memory.

Paul Jones, 46, is taking part in today's charity run to raise money for the Missing People charity.

Five year-old April was playing with friends near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, on October 1 2012 when she was kidnapped and murdered by slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger.

Mr Jones said: "I'm running here for April and to raise money for missing people, to help them.

"If you are in the unfortunate position that your child goes missing, it's a charity like this that you can rely on, so raising money for this charity means everything.

"They were there for us. April, she was the first missing people child alert in Wales, so they did help us a lot.

"The pain never goes away. You learn to adjust to it and turn it into a positive rather than a negative, like doing events and trying to do something in April's name - trying to help other people."

Several hundred people are expected to take part in the charity run on Clapham Common in south London this morning.

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