A FLORIST in Newport has put up pink ribbons in support of the search for the missing girl April Jones.

LT's on Chepstow Road owned and run by Lauri Turnbull, 23 from Malpas decided today to put up the ribbons on her shop and outside on the railings to show support for the family.

She said: "I went on the Argus website to see if their was an update on whether April had been found and saw that the family wanted people to show their support with pink bows. We are all hoping that she will be found.

"I have a cousin who is five like April so we thought that we had to raise awareness. We hope it may help." Her twin sister Lucy went around some of the shops on the street to ask if they would put up the ribbons to show their support.

April has been missing from her home in Machynlleth, Powys, since Monday evening.

Seven shops including, The Farmers House Bakery, Nimar Cards and Friends all showed their support.

Miss Turnbull said: "If people would like to fetch a ribbon and make a small donation. We will pass on the money to the family."

Owner of Karen Higgs from Nimar Cards said: "I decided to put up the ribbon as we all hope that she will be found safe and well. I have grandchildren so I can understand the worry. I am keeping my fingers crossed that she returns safe."

Gina Barry from The Farmers House Bakery has a five-years-old daughter and said: "I heard that the last thing she asked for was a pink ribbon.

"We all hope that she returns safe and well."

Among those who have stepped out to help in the search for April Jones is a clothes shop in Tredegar.

Lynette Whittaker's Studio 9 store took in donations that included boxes of food, tea bags, coffee, Pot Noodles, and even Red Bull.

The donations were delivered yesterday by volunteers from the surrounding area.