The house where paedophile Mark Bridger is believed to have murdered April Jones is being readied for demolition.
Two years have passed since the former lifeguard snatched the five-year-old from outside her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales.
Bridger, who was sentenced to a whole life term for April’s abduction and murder, is believed to have dismembered the youngster’s body at his rented house in Ceinws.
April’s body has never been found and during his trial Bridger refused to say what he did with her remains.
Since then the countryside cottage has been bought by the Welsh Government, who promised to knock it to the ground in line with April’s parents’ wishes.
Over the past few days, scaffolding on the property has gone up ahead of demolition work.
Local councillor Michael Williams said the house served as a painful reminder to everyone in the area.
“People are most appreciative of the Welsh government carrying out that which they’d promised,” he added.
“Everyone in the Machynlleth area will be relieved.
“It’ll especially be a huge relief for [April’s parents] Coral and Paul and the rest of the April Jones’s family and the people living in the village of Ceinws who have to pass that property all the time, bringing back the memories of, as we’re given to understand, the evil acts that took place there.
“It is the house of evil and the sooner it disappears, the better.”