April Jones awards and commemoration at Weymouth

Dorset Police are unveiling a photograph at Weymouth Divisional HQ on Monday 18 November to commemorate the life of murdered schoolgirl April Jones. The officers who helped in the search for her will also be awarded a Chief Constable’s Quality of Service Commendation.

Five-year-old April went missing in Powys, Wales in October 2012. Her disappearance triggered the largest search operation in police history involving officers from forces across the country, including Dorset.

Twenty Dorset officers assisted in the search aspect of the murder investigation to try and locate April’s body and secure evidence.

Superintendent Wes Trickey, who will be presenting the awards, said: “A large framed picture entitled ‘no stone left unturned’ commemorating April’s life and the policing operation to prosecute Mark Bridger will be unveiled in her memory.”

Mark Bridger was subsequently convicted in May 2013 of April’s abduction and murder and sentenced to serve a whole life term of imprisonment. The schoolgirl’s body has never been found.

Supt. Wes Trickey continued: “The ceremony will be opened with a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to April and the dignity and respect shown by her family during the investigation and trial.”

Issued: 18 November 2013

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