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Police arrest man on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with child

Police search the scene in Southampton where Lucy was foundCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency At the time of her disappearance, Lucy’s mother, Miss White, posted an appeal for help finding her on Facebook.She wrote: “Anyone seen Lucy White she is missing and police are out looking. Any help appreciated. She is wearing blue jeans, black/white jacket, grey or green top. Blue digital watch.”On Friday evening, she added that her daughter had “been found” as comments from friends and family offered condolences.Ms White wrote: “Thank you everyone for sharing. I shall post a update soon but Lucy has been found and at the moment that’s all I can say. “Sadly Lucy was found the following morning by a member of the public. We’re really keen to know what she did after leaving her house and would ask that anyone who saw her, had contact with her or knows of her movements on Wednesday contacts the incident room.”The spokesman added: “Lucy was last seen wearing a distinctive black jacket with white sleeves and the logo for the band Falling in Reverse on the front. It had RADKE 01 in red on the back.”A post mortem examination took place today and some of her injuries are unexplained.”A 24-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of murder and having sexual activity with a child. He remains in custody at this time.” The man, aged 24, remains in custody “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of her death and are asking for the public’s help.”We know Lucy left her house in Mansel Road East, Southampton, at 9.30am on Wednesday, July 25 and did not return home that evening as expected.”She was reported to police that night as a missing person and an investigation commenced. The man, aged 24, remains in custodyCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Detectives have launched a murder investigation into the death of a teenage girl whose body was found in a woodland.Officers arrested a man aged 24 in connection with the death of Lucy McHugh, 13, who went missing from her home two days ago.Hampshire Police revealed they were investigating the “tragic” death and arrested the man on suspicion of having sexual activity with a child and murder.The body of blonde-haired Lucy was discovered at 7.45am yesterday morning in woodland on the grounds of Southampton Sports Centre, Hants. Her devastated mother wrote on social media about feeling “numb” at the news.A spokesman for Hampshire Police said the 13-year-old was reported missing after she left her house at 9.30am on July 25 and didn’t come home.Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Lucy’s family and friends at this terrible time. Police search the scene in Southampton where Lucy was found “Thank you everyone for your kind words. We’re all trying to come to terms with it all slowly and just feel numb.”Large parts of the sports facility were cordoned off yesterday after the body was discovered early in the morning.Officers began blocking off the area at the top of an outdoor dry ski slope after they were called at 7.45am.Friends of Lucy took to social media today to pay tribute to the teenager, from Southampton.One told her mother: “So sorry for your loss, thoughts are with you and your family!! She was such a sweet girl, she will be missed at school a lot.”Another wrote: “Lucy was the kindest person I’ve met from school and was always there for me no matter what happened.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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