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Help-cry paedos 'deserve chance'

Published 09/04/2015

The father of murdered April Jones says paedophiles deserve a chance if they seek help before committing crimes
The father of murdered April Jones says paedophiles deserve a chance if they seek help before committing crimes

The father of April Jones has said paedophiles who seek help before they commit an offence "deserve a chance".

The five-year-old was snatched from outside her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales more than two years ago by Mark Bridger, who was sentenced to a whole life term for April's abduction and mur der.

Her parents Coral and Paul Jones launched a high-profile campaign to highlight the growing problem of internet abuse after Bridger, 47, was found to have accessed child abuse images online just hours before her death.

Now Mr Jones has told the BBC he thought part of preventing the issue rested with potential offenders, who should identify themselves to authorities to get support.

He said: "If you have got the notion that you like kids like that or anything like that, if you go and ask for help then you deserve a chance. But if you don't ask for help and you commit a crime then you are a paedophile."

April's 19-year-old sister Jasmine told the broadcaster the family were still struggling to come to terms with her murder.

She said: "One day I could be really happy and Dad could be really upset and we would argue, we would shout at each other. We would want to hit someone or something just to get the anger out."

Last year, the Jones family joined Madeleine McCann's parents Gerry and Kate to back the nationwide Child Rescue Alert with the charity Missing People.

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