AS the search for missing April Jones went into its second night, her family made an urgent appeal to her abductor.

Police stressed the search is continuing for the five-year-old girl who was last seen playing on her bicycle with friends near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, at around 7pm last night.

Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan, of Dyfed-Powys Police, read out a short statement from her family at a news conference.

"Last night our lives were shattered when our beautiful little girl April who was playing with friends was taken from us. We are devastated and our lives have stopped. Please, please if you have our little girl, let her come home to us," they said.

She was last spotted by another child getting into a grey or light-coloured van - similar to a Ford Transit Connect or Land Rover-type vehicle.

A 46-year-old man, named locally as Mark Bridger, has been arrested on suspicion of her abduction. Police said they had been "actively looking for him".

The police may have someone in custody, but the search still goes on for April.

Superintendent Ian John said specialist police officers and mountain rescue were continuing to search for the missing girl.

"We ask the public to take this opportunity to have some rest and if they're available to consider coming and helping us again tomorrow," he said. "The residents have really shown themselves to be a very close-knit and kind hearted community."

Police urged anyone with information to call them on 0300 200 0333.