Trea­sure mo­ments with your chil­dren

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THE mum of mur­dered school­girl April Jones has marked the sixth an­niver­sary of her “spe­cial lit­tle girl’s” death with a heart­break­ing trib­ute.

Heart­bro­ken Coral Jones, 46, re­minded par­ents to “trea­sure each mo­ment” with their chil­dren after her daugh­ter was “bru­tally stolen” in a mov­ing Face­book post.

Five-year-old April was ab­ducted and killed on Oc­to­ber 1, 2012 by pae­dophile Mark Bridger, who was jailed for life the fol­low­ing year.

She had been play­ing on her bike out­side her home on the Bryn-y-Gog es­tate in Machyn­l­leth when she was snatched by the killer. Her body was never re­cov­ered but po­lice found foren­sic ev­i­dence link­ing Bridger, 53, to the mur­der, in­clud­ing DNA frag­ments in the fire­place of his rented cot­tage in Ceinws, near Machyn­l­leth.

In an emo­tional trib­ute six years on from the tragic mur­der that shook the na­tion, Coral has told how “a lit­tle girl’s life was stolen bru­tally, fam­i­lies’ hearts were shat­tered, a com­mu­nity torn and strangers brought to­gether by a very spe­cial lit­tle girl”.

She wrote how April’s last day was a “nor­mal day, full of hap­pi­ness, fun, learn­ing and friend­ships. “Six years ago to­day, on the evening of Mon­day, 1st Oc­to­ber 2012, the world felt like it had frozen. Time stopped in that mo­ment as ev­ery­one hoped and prayed that April would be found safe and well,” she said.

“The world united in search­ing for April, but April would never come home.

“A town united to find a lo­cal lit­tle girl, an amaz­ing com­mu­nity united to find April. A com­mu­nity who will never for­get such a very spe­cial lit­tle girl.”

Coral added: “April loved to go out play­ing. No par­ent/child should be scared out the out­doors. Chil­dren need fresh air. April had a right to play out­side.”

Now, six years on, the griev­ing mum is urg­ing par­ents to ed­u­cate their chil­dren on the dan­gers of talk­ing to strangers and ad­vised par­ents to teach their chil­dren “pass­words” that adults can use to let them know it’s safe to leave with them.

“If you do any­thing to­day six years on, ed­u­cate your chil­dren on the dan­gers of strangers and known adults, even peo­ple known to them can’t be trusted,” she wrote.

“No child should be de­nied the right to be out­side and play­ing, chil­dren need fresh air and they need to sim­ply be chil­dren.

“But, en­sure they are safe. Cre­ate a pass­word or safe word just for you and your child, en­sure they know that if you have asked some­one to go col­lect them that they can ask for the pass­word or safe word.”

● Coral Jones and (in­set) her mur­dered daugh­ter April

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