April Jones murder: Killer Mark Bridger's 'house of evil' is demolished

Mark Bridger, 48, was last year given a whole-life prison sentence for the murder five-year-old April Jones

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The "house of evil" at which Mark Bridger is thought to have killed and dismembered five-year-old April Jones will today be demolished on the order of the Welsh government.

Bulldozers have arrived at the cottage in the town of Ceinws, Powys, the roof and timber foundations of which have already been removed, and will be instructed to flatten the property at 11:00am.

The debris will be mixed with general waste, and then placed and covered in holes across Wales, according to the Mirror.

Bridger, 48, was last year convicted of the sexually motivated murder of schoolgirl Jones and given a whole-life prison sentence.

Jones' disappearance outside of her home in Machynlleth on October 1, 2012 sparked the largest search in UK policing history.

Her body has still not been discovered, but traces of her blood and fragments of her skull were found in Bridger's cottage.

April-Jones.jpgJones' parents, Coral and Paul Jones, who petitioned for the house to be destroyed, will be there to watch it fall.

On their daughter's memorial Facebook page, Coral Jones posted: "April, I am counting the hours until that house from hell is kncked and your spirit can go free baby girl. You will always be in my heart."

The Jones family have asked that the cottage be replaced by blossom trees and a memorial bench.

The Welsh government, who this summer bought Bridger's home and who will demolish it as a measure against the sort of morbid tourists that are sometimes drawn to the locations of famous atrocities, has not made plans for the site after razing the house.

It says the local community will decide what happens to the public space.