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Monday 20 November 2017

Ex-soldier 'not very popular' in tight-knit community

Martin Evans

A former soldier, Mark Bridger, who was named as the man detained in relation to the search for April Jones, was born and brought up in Surrey, but has lived in the mid-Wales town of Machynlleth since the late 1980s.

The middle child of Pamela and Graham Bridger, he has an older sister and younger brother who both still live in the Surrey area.

After serving with the army, he met and married his first wife, Julie Williams, in Machynlleth in June 1990.

They had a son, Scott, in 1992 before separating. However, Mr Bridger stayed on in the local area, where he found work as a welder at a company called Verona Design Welding and Fabrication.

He is also thought to have spent large periods unemployed.

He is known to have had a number of relationships in the local area and has fathered six children.

He has been closely associated with the Bryn-y-Gog estate where April lived with her family. Up until two years ago, he was living with a local woman named Corinna Robinson, but they split and locals said he then moved in with another woman on the estate.

Locals described him as a quiet man, but said he was not particularly popular in the tight-knit community.

One local described how he was recently evicted from his rented accommodation after his landlady discovered he had been keeping chickens inside the property.

He is thought to have been a keen camper and recently posted a recommendation on a camping forum for a site he and his girlfriend had stayed at in France.

Mr Bridger's elderly parents are thought to now live in a retirement park in Sussex, close to the south coast. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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