Police use drones in April Jones search

Police searching for April Jones are using drones to look for any trace of the missing five-year-old and say the hunt could continue beyond Christmas.

Officers are keen to emphasise that they are not scaling down the operation, which has been ongoing since April went missing while playing on the street near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, on 1 October.

The search is still focused on the area around the town, including the river Dyfi, and the nearby village of Ceinws, where Mark Bridger, the man who has been charged with April’s abduction, murder and concealing her body, lived.

Superintendent Ian John said unmanned aerial vehicles supplied by private companies and fitted with sonar equipment are being used to try to pinpoint areas of recently disturbed earth.

The equipment employed in the search also includes GPS equipped vests for dog handlers that enable search to map exactly where they have been.