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Dyfed-Powys Police undated  handout photo of 46-year-old Mark Bridger

Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout photo of 46-year-old Mark Bridger

Dyfed-Powys Police

April Jones, who was abducted while out playing near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, Mid Wales on Monday night.

April Jones, who was abducted while out playing near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, Mid Wales on Monday night.

Dyfed-Powys Police

Rescue team search for missing girl April Jones near Machynlleth.

Rescue team search for missing girl April Jones near Machynlleth.

Rui Vieira

Police officers search outside a house called 'Mount Pleasant' in the village of Ceinws, believed to be the last knows residence of Mark Bridger,

Police officers search outside a house called 'Mount Pleasant' in the village of Ceinws, believed to be the last knows residence of Mark Bridger,

Peter Byrne

Machynlleth Primary School

Machynlleth Primary School

Machynlleth Primary School

Machynlleth Primary School

Machynlleth Primary School

Machynlleth Primary School

Volunteer searchers

Volunteer searchers

Matt Cardy

Volunteer searchers

Volunteer searchers

Matt Cardy

April Jones  was abducted while playing with a friend in the neighbourhood on Monday night.

April Jones was abducted while playing with a friend in the neighbourhood on Monday night.

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A blue Land Rover Discovery belonging to Mark Leonard Bridger

A blue Land Rover Discovery belonging to Mark Leonard Bridger

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April Jones's mother Coral  during a press conference in the Welsh Government Building in Aberystwyth Ceredigion,

April Jones's mother Coral during a press conference in the Welsh Government Building in Aberystwyth Ceredigion,

Parishoners write in a book left beside a candle inside St Peters parish church during a candle lit vigil for missing April Jones

Parishoners write in a book left beside a candle inside St Peters parish church during a candle lit vigil for missing April Jones

Matt Cardy

Volunteers gather at the Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre before resuming their search for missing April Jones on October 4, 2012 in Machynlleth, Wales.

Volunteers gather at the Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre before resuming their search for missing April Jones on October 4, 2012 in Machynlleth, Wales.

Matt Cardy

Pink ribbons are displayed as the search for missing April Jones continues on October 4, 2012 in Machynlleth, Wales.

Pink ribbons are displayed as the search for missing April Jones continues on October 4, 2012 in Machynlleth, Wales.

Matt Cardy

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Matt Cardy

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Matt Cardy

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Matt Cardy

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Matt Cardy

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Matt Cardy

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

Searches are conducted for April Jones at Machynlleth, Wales.

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Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout photo of 46-year-old Mark Bridger

One of the police officers leading the search for April Jones has said he is "very heartened" that the force has received more than 2,500 phone calls with information.

Superintendent Ian John, from Dyfed Powys Police, said police officers from across England and Wales are helping to field the calls.

Wearing a pink ribbon in support of a campaign by the five-year-old's family, Mr John said investigators remain "determined" to find the little girl, who has been missing since Monday.

Searches will continue regardless of the weather conditions, he told reporters.

Mr John said: "I want to turn to April's family. I'm sure we all are feeling for them at this terrible time, also the friends and the extended family.

"I just want to remind everybody that's why we're here tonight, in the pouring rain in Machynlleth, is to focus on the search and do everything that we can to bring this operation to a conclusion."

He added: "I think what we've got to hold on to is that we continue our search, and the good news is that everybody is determined to follow this through."

Last night's press conference was held at the leisure centre in Machynlleth, which has been used to co-ordinate hundreds of volunteers who have offered to help in the search for April.

More than 400 people have registered their contact information and details of any specialist skills with police.

Thanking all the volunteers, Mr John said: "All in all, we've had outstanding co-operation from members of the public, not just from this community. It quite takes you away really, it's quite a humbling experience."

The force is being supported nationally to answer all the calls with information.

"Following the appeals for information that we've made, we've received over 2,500 calls from the public," Mr John told reporters.

"All those need to be answered, and that is being done by all police forces throughout the country who have worked together to support the Child Alert line."

He said that the number of calls showed that the public want to assist police.

"I'm very heartened by it, it shows that the public care and want to help us."

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