:: April Jones was last seen getting into a grey or light-coloured van in the Bryn Y Gog estate, Machynlleth, at around 7pm on Monday.
:: The five-year-old was playing on her bike with a friend near some garages.
:: She was wearing a purple, knee-length coat with grey fur around the hood, a white polo top and black trousers.
:: Hundreds of local volunteers have joined police in the search, which covers a 30-mile radius, with some on quad bikes and off-road vehicles.
:: Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed her disappareance on Twitter at 10.40pm on Monday and they have released three pictures of April.
:: Specialist search teams with dogs have been drafted in.
:: Facebook page aimed at raising awareness about the search has been launched.
:: Cars in and out of the town have been stopped and searched on Tuesday.
:: Locals have been putting up posters around the town.
:: Volunteers urged to go to Machynlleth’s Bro Ddyfi leisure centre where search is being co-ordinated. Maps and search routes being given out on Tuesday morning.
:: Police have said April got into the driver’s side of the van seemingly without a struggle and that the vehicle may have been a Land Rover or Ford Connect.
:: Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said officers had a “very early” initial description of the suspect, but they were not comfortable releasing it at this stage.
:: Information has been coming from young children who were playing with April when she disappeared.
:: Two helicopters have been deployed to scour the area and teams of 20 residents have been paired with a search expert to cover mountainous areas.
:: Powys County Council has suspended refuse and recycling collections so staff could help with the search.
A 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones, police said.
Police said the search is continuing for the girl who was last seen getting into a van near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, at around 7pm last night.
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.
Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said the suspect was arrested in the last hour, and they were “actively looking for him”.
He said he is a local man and drives a vehicle similar to the one in the police appeal. He was walking by the side of the road when he was seized.
The little girl was wearing a purple knee-length coat with grey fur around the hood, a white polo top, and black trousers, when she was abducted.
A huge appeal has been launched on Twitter, with many celebrities tweeting and re-tweeting the message. Her poster is also being circulated on Facebook.
Her parents Paul and Coral were due to read a statement at a news conference at 4.30pm, but instead police gave the news of the man’s arrest.
April’s godmother Mair Raftree, 41, from Aberystwyth, told Wales Online: “She’s a quiet girl. She would never go with anybody and ask for a lift. We just want her back safely.”
During an earlier news conference, Mr Bevan said April got into the driver’s side of the van. It means she could have got in with the driver or the vehicle was a left-hand drive.
“The indications are that she got into the vehicle willingly … It’s very difficult to give an exact account of what happened. There’s nothing to suggest at this stage that there was a struggle when she got into the car,” he said.
He said they had a “very early” initial description of the suspect, but was not comfortable releasing it at this stage.
Mr Bevan said it was “every family’s worst nightmare to suffer a child go missing in this way”.
He also emphasised the difficulties of getting accurate information from the young children who were playing with April when she disappeared.
“That is delicate and time-consuming. We are trying to extract exactly what they have seen and we are very anxious to provide the most accurate information we can without misleading anyone in any way,” he added.
A massive search has been under way since April went missing.
Overnight, police set up roadblocks around the town and checked cars. Two helicopters have been scouring the area along with dogs.
Hundreds of residents have also joined in the search and are co-ordinating their efforts at the Machynlleth Leisure Centre.
They were divided into groups of 20 by the police and sent out into the area, including the mountains with the help of local mountaineering experts. The small town, which has a population of 2,000, sits on the southern outskirts of Snowdonia National Park.
Volunteer Anwen Morris appealed for more people to come forward and help. Many have taken time off work to look for April and have been out through the night on quad bikes and off-road vehicles.
Ms Morris told Sky News: “We need bodies down here. We need people in cars, we need people on foot to search the town. We need people up on the mountain. We need anybody that is in the area that can help.”
Powys County Council said refuse and recycling collections had been suspended in the town on Tuesday so council staff could help with the search.
Local restaurant owner Razul Islam told Sky News: “There are hundreds of people out looking for her. It is such a small town and nearly everyone is out looking for her – I’m shocked that it has happened in a town like this.”
Petrol station owner Nerys Zjalic, who knows the missing girl’s family, said she reopened her garage to help with the search.
“My friend called to ask if we would open so people can get petrol to help in the search. Locals are out in full force searching for her.”
Ms Zjalic said people had been coming from far and wide to help with the search.
“It’s unbelievable – you just don’t think that something like that would happen in a small town like Machynlleth,” she added. “Nothing will be the same again – this is a small little market town and you think children are quite safe, but this shows us it’s not the case.”
Chris Dudley, who works at the Skinners Arms pub on Penrallt Street, said all the locals were out looking for her on Monday night, including in “the cemeteries, the golf field, playing field, everywhere you can think of”.
:: Police have asked anyone with information to call them on 0300 200 0333.