Bridger to appear on murder and abduction charges
A police force will mount one of its largest security operations today when Mark Bridger (46) appears before Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court charged with murder, abduction and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
It will be the first time he has appeared in public since April Jones went missing.
Superintendent Ian John admitted that a "robust" security operation and a heavy police presence had been planned at the court by Dyfed Powys Police.
"Obviously, this is an unusually high-profile and high-risk case for us, and we will take every precaution to ensure the hearing goes ahead smoothly," he said.
Up to 30 officers are expected to guard the court when Mr Bridger arrives at the 10am hearing from Aberystwyth police station, where he has been held since his arrest last Tuesday.
Carl Jones, who co-ordinated the volunteer search in and around Machynlleth, revealed that he had asked locals to stay away. "We don't want people throwing stones at the prison van and that kind of thing," he said. "We need to keep the focus on April."