Police release images of inside of Mark Bridger's home
The living room in the home of Mark Bridger who is on trial for the murder of April Jones. Photograph: Dyfed Powys police/PA
Images of the interior of Mark Bridger's former home have been released after the jury in his trial visited the cottage in Ceinws, three miles from the estate in Machynlleth where he allegedly abducted April Jones.
Clearly visible in one of the photographs of the living room is the woodburner where what the prosecution says are charred fragments of a young person's skull were found.
When police reached Bridger's home the day after the five-year-old vanished, the room and house were "uncomfortably hot". A police helicopter helping in the search for April happened to capture images of smoke coming from the chimney a few hours before.
The prosecution has alleged that Bridger undertook a major cleanup operation after he murdered April. Police officers smelled detergent and found freshly laundered clothes when they arrived at his home.
But spots of April's blood were found in "nooks and crannies", the court has heard. Some traces were found on the wood burner and the hearth. Spots were also found on the underside of the carpet, where it had soaked through and so could not be easily cleaned up, the prosecution has claimed. April's blood was also found on the white sofa visible in the released images.
In front of the fireplace, boxes of cider can be seen. Bridger has told police that he was an alcoholic and was drinking heavily on the night of April's disappearance.
A rifle appears to be fixed to the beam above the woodburner but there is no sign of the knives that police found in the house, including a boning knife. The court has been told that Bridger was a skilled slaughterman.
There is no sign of Bridger's laptop on which the prosecution says he stored child abuse images, pictures of children involved in notorious murder cases and photos of local girls, including April and her two stepsisters.
The room is messy – a pair of trousers is draped over an armchair – and behind the sofa and above the CD rack are what appear to be family photographs. A dog bed is in front of the woodburner; Bridger told police he often slept downstairs too.
Clothes, a trainer and what appears to be a belt are scattered on the stairs, and in the bathroom green police stickers indicate areas of interest to detectives. The court has been told that April's blood was found on the shower curtain and inside the washing machine in the bathroom.
There was also what might have been a bloody fingerprint on the washing machine, the trial has heard.
bathroom with washing machine
The prosecution claims that April came to harm at Bridger's home rather than at the Bryn-Y-Gog estate where he allegedly abducted her in his car on 1 October.
Elwen Evans QC, prosecuting, asked: "What happened to April there? She lay bleeding in front of the fire in the defendant's living room. One person knows and he is not prepared to say."
Bridger denies murder. The trial continues.
lounge from a different angle
lounge from third angle facing the television
bathroom, loo, basin and bath
the hallway washer
Floral tributes outside the former home of Mark Bridger in Ceinws, Mid Wales