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Killer Mark Bridger's Cottage 'Up For Rent'
The home of killer Mark Bridger, where he is thought to have murdered five-year-old April Jones, may be put up for rent, according to reports.
Bridger, 47, abducted April as she played with friends near her home in on the Bryn-y-Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, in October last year.
The former slaughterhouse worker has never revealed what he did with April's remains, although skull fragments were found in his fireplace.
Police believe he dismembered the schoolgirl's body before dumping the body parts at various locations in the hills, rivers and forests surrounding his home in Ceinws.
Traces of April's blood were found all over the rented cottage.
The first police officers who attended the scene reported a strong smell of washing powder and cleaning products.
Bridger was given a whole-life sentence in May by trial judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams after a jury found him guilty following a month-long trial.
The one-time lifeguard, who was also caught downloading child porn on his computer, claimed he accidentally ran over April and in the ensuing panic could not remember what he did with her body.
The Wales on Sunday newspaper reported that Bridger's former home, which is three miles north of Machynlleth, was to be offered to new tenants because the authorities were not prepared to buy or demolish it.
Bridger moved into Mount Pleasant Cottage in August 2012, five weeks before he snatched April.
A resident in the area, who did not wish to be identified, told the newspaper: "It is my understanding that Mark Bridger's home is being prepared to go to new tenants.
"The landlord has been there mowing the lawn and has told locals that the house isn't to be bought by the police or council, and so he is to re-let the property.
"Given what has likely gone on there, this seems rather distasteful."