Heartbroken Coral Jones: 'I accept I will never see April again'

After months of searching and praying, the heartbroken mum of missing April Jones has accepted for the first time that she will never see her little girl again.

In an emotional message to well-wishers Coral Jones said she has now conceded that five-year-old April 'has been taken away from us'.

Coral, 41, said: "I would like to thank you all for your support during these extremely difficult months as we have dealt with the fact that our daughter has been taken away from us.

"Our priority now is to ensure a fair trial and that justice is served.

"As it stands the search teams are still looking for April, and we are told that they will continue until they have completed all lines of their enquiry.

"The trial will start at the end of February and we are grateful for your continued support – it means a lot to us."

Mark Bridger, 47, has denied murder, abduction and concealing and disposing of April's body. He is due to go on trial next month.

Coral said: "Our priority now is to ensure a fair trial and that justice is served."

April disappeared while playing outside her parents' home in Machynlleth, Powys, in October. More than 40,000 man hours have been spent in the search for her.