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Jurors arrive outside the home of Mark Bridger during the trial

Jurors arrive outside the home of Mark Bridger during the trial

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Undated file handout photo issued by Dyfed-Powys Police of April Jones. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Undated file handout photo issued by Dyfed-Powys Police of April Jones. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout Facebook profile picture of former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger who has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout Facebook profile picture of former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger who has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Undated handout photo issued by Dyfed Powys Police of the lounge in the home of Mark Bridger. Former slaughterhouse worker Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Undated handout photo issued by Dyfed Powys Police of the lounge in the home of Mark Bridger. Former slaughterhouse worker Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout photo  of the Land Rover used by 46-year-old Mark Bridger. Former slaughterhouse worker Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout photo of the Land Rover used by 46-year-old Mark Bridger. Former slaughterhouse worker Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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File photo dated 8/10/2012 of a police team search land near Machynlleth, Mid Wales for the missing five year old April Jones.  Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

File photo dated 8/10/2012 of a police team search land near Machynlleth, Mid Wales for the missing five year old April Jones. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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File photo dated 5/10/2012 of Search and rescue teams continuing their search on the River Dyfi in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, for missing five-year-old April Jones. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

File photo dated 5/10/2012 of Search and rescue teams continuing their search on the River Dyfi in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, for missing five-year-old April Jones. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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File photo dated 7/10/2012 of Police at the home of Mark Bridger, as the hunt for missing April Jones continues around Machynlleth, mid Wales. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

File photo dated 7/10/2012 of Police at the home of Mark Bridger, as the hunt for missing April Jones continues around Machynlleth, mid Wales. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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File photo dated 2/10/2012 of the house where April Jones lives in Machynlleth. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

File photo dated 2/10/2012 of the house where April Jones lives in Machynlleth. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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File photo dated 16/5/2013 of DC Fred Hunter from the media crime unit holding a bike belonging to April Jones' friend, (who cannot be named), in Mold, north Wales, as the jury has today viewed a car belonging to murder suspect Mark Bridger and the bike that was being ridden by schoolgirl April Jones on the night she went missing. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

File photo dated 16/5/2013 of DC Fred Hunter from the media crime unit holding a bike belonging to April Jones' friend, (who cannot be named), in Mold, north Wales, as the jury has today viewed a car belonging to murder suspect Mark Bridger and the bike that was being ridden by schoolgirl April Jones on the night she went missing. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Handout CCTV still issued by Dyfed Powys Police of Mark Bridger with his dog in Ceinws, Mid Wales during the search for April Jones. Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Handout CCTV still issued by Dyfed Powys Police of Mark Bridger with his dog in Ceinws, Mid Wales during the search for April Jones. Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Undated handout photo issued by Dyfed Powys Police of the bathroom in the home of Mark Bridger. Former slaughterhouse worker Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Undated handout photo issued by Dyfed Powys Police of the bathroom in the home of Mark Bridger. Former slaughterhouse worker Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout photo of the burnt knife recovered from the property in Ceinws. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Dyfed-Powys Police undated handout photo of the burnt knife recovered from the property in Ceinws. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Mark Bridger has been found guilty by a jury of killing Welsh schoolgirl April Jones

Mark Bridger has been found guilty by a jury of killing Welsh schoolgirl April Jones

Paul and Coral Jones, the parents of April Jones, arrive at Mold Crown Court as the jury continues considering its verdicts

Paul and Coral Jones, the parents of April Jones, arrive at Mold Crown Court as the jury continues considering its verdicts

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The couple clung tightly to each other as they arrived at the court, where Mark Bridger is accused of their daughter's murder

The couple clung tightly to each other as they arrived at the court, where Mark Bridger is accused of their daughter's murder

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Undated  handout Dyfed-Powys Police imgae of former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger in custody. Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Undated handout Dyfed-Powys Police imgae of former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger in custody. Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Bridger, in yellow, arrived in court from prison in the back of a police van

Bridger, in yellow, arrived in court from prison in the back of a police van

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Handout Dyfed-Powys Police image of April Jones in Leisure Centre on October 1, 2012. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering the schoolgirl

Handout Dyfed-Powys Police image of April Jones in Leisure Centre on October 1, 2012. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering the schoolgirl

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Undated  handout Dyfed-Powys Police image of former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger in custody. Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Undated handout Dyfed-Powys Police image of former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger in custody. Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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Undated file handout photo issued by Dyfed-Powys Police of April Jones. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

Undated file handout photo issued by Dyfed-Powys Police of April Jones. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones

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MOLD, WALES - MAY 30:  Paul and Coral Jones, the parents of April Jones, arrive at Mold Magistrates Court on May 30, 2013 in Mold, Wales.The jury will continue deliberations in the trial of Mark Bridger, 47, who is accused of the murder of five-year-old April who went missing in Machynleth on October 1, 2012.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MOLD, WALES - MAY 30: Paul and Coral Jones, the parents of April Jones, arrive at Mold Magistrates Court on May 30, 2013 in Mold, Wales.The jury will continue deliberations in the trial of Mark Bridger, 47, who is accused of the murder of five-year-old April who went missing in Machynleth on October 1, 2012. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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MOLD, WALES - MAY 30:  Mark Bridger arrives at Mold Magistrates Court with his head covered on May 30, 2013 in Mold, Wales. The jury will continue deliberations in the trial of Mark Bridger, 47, who is accused of the murder of five-year-old April who went missing in Machynleth on October 1, 2012.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MOLD, WALES - MAY 30: Mark Bridger arrives at Mold Magistrates Court with his head covered on May 30, 2013 in Mold, Wales. The jury will continue deliberations in the trial of Mark Bridger, 47, who is accused of the murder of five-year-old April who went missing in Machynleth on October 1, 2012. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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MOLD, WALES - MAY 29:  Mark Bridger is taken from Mold Magistrates Court with his head covered on May 29, 2013 in Mold, Wales. The jury has currently been sent home for the night as they consider their verdict in the trial of Mark Bridger, 47, who is accused of the murder of five-year-old April who went missing in Machynleth on October 1, 2012. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

MOLD, WALES - MAY 29: Mark Bridger is taken from Mold Magistrates Court with his head covered on May 29, 2013 in Mold, Wales. The jury has currently been sent home for the night as they consider their verdict in the trial of Mark Bridger, 47, who is accused of the murder of five-year-old April who went missing in Machynleth on October 1, 2012. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Handout Dyfed-Powys Police image of April Jones in Leisure Centre on October 1, 2012. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering the schoolgirl

Handout Dyfed-Powys Police image of April Jones in Leisure Centre on October 1, 2012. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering the schoolgirl

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Jurors arrive outside the home of Mark Bridger during the trial

The parents of April Jones believe Mark Bridger's former home should “no longer exist”, the inquiry's senior officer said.

 

Mount Pleasant cottage in Ceinws is the only place where remains of April have been found.

Droplets of her blood were on the underside of a carpet and tiny pieces of bone fragment, thought to have originated from the five-year-old's skull, were discovered in the living room fire place and bathroom.

Mark Bridger has never disclosed what ordeal April was subjected to at Mount Pleasant - dubbed a house of horrors by the media - but Detective Superintendent Andy John, said the evidence pointed to unspeakable suffering for the schoolgirl.

He said the local community in Ceinws and nearby Machynlleth will now need to “debate” what happens to the property.

He added: “I know that the views of the family, on the basis of what we know is likely to have gone on there, are that they believe that the property should no longer exist.

“That is something that will need to be progressed now that the trial is concluded.”

According to a police statement given by Mark Ford, the owner of Mount Pleasant, which was read to Bridger's trial, the defendant moved into the property last August, five weeks before he snatched April, after agreeing a rent of £450 a month.

The jury also heard that as hundreds of volunteers were joining the search for the schoolgirl last October, he was scrubbing the property clean to remove all evidence of her presence.

But the first police officers who attended the scene immediately reported a strong smell of bleach and other cleaning products.

And detailed forensic searches by Crime Scene Investigators led to the discovery of several bone fragments, at least three of which were likely to have been from the skull of a human child.

On the underside of a freshly cleaned carpet were small pools of blood which had a DNA match with April.

The whitewashed cottage, set in spectacular countryside on the edge of a steep valley, has been under the control of Dyfed-Powys Police ever since.

Land Registry records showed Mr Ford bought the whitewashed cottage in March 2008 for around £149,000.

Dyfed-Powys Police said Mr Ford had declined to comment on the matter.

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