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Snatch fears as families hunt girl

Police and hundreds of local residents have spent the night searching for a missing five-year-old girl who was abducted while out playing near her home.

April Jones was last seen getting into a light-coloured van which drove off in the mid Wales town of Machynlleth yesterday.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they are "increasingly concerned" for the missing youngster's safety and have deployed a large number of officers to investigate.

Hundreds of local residents in the small market town are said to have joined the hunt for April.


Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Powell said police were following a number of lines of inquiry. "Dyfed-Powys Police have launched an intensive search and criminal investigation into the abduction of a five-year-old girl, April Jones, in Machynlleth," he said.

Police said April had been out in the town riding a bike with a friend before she vanished.