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Court hears of April mother's panic
April Jones's desperate mother told police "She's been taken", a court heard.
Coral Jones paced her house repeating the words as the first officer arrived and the massive search began for her five-year-old daughter, Mold Crown Court heard.
The youngster was allegedly snatched by Mark Bridger, 47, who denies her murder.
April, who had cerebral palsy, vanished while playing on her bike near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, in the early evening of October 1.
Pc Fiona Evans told the jury she was the first police officer called to the incident and went straight to April's home, arriving at 7.37pm.
"At the house Coral was clearly distressed. Pacing the corridor, repeating, 'She's been taken. She's been taken'," Pc Evans said.
The officer took an initial account from another youngster, April's best friend, who she had been playing out with and who witnessed the alleged abduction.
"Initially in my opinion she appeared nervous, stood still, staring straight ahead. I needed to get as much information as possible. At the same time I didn't want to upset or frighten her," the officer added.
The prosecution claim Bridger snatched and murdered April in a sexually motivated attack. The defendant claims he knocked her down by accident and through a mixture of panic, adrenaline and alcohol in the aftermath, cannot remember what he did with her body.
April's body has never been found, though DNA matching the youngster was recovered from Bridger's house, the court heard.