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28th Jul 2018

Man arrested on suspicion of murdering 13-year-old girl

Lucy McHugh's body was found in woodland near Southampton

Oli Dugmore

A picture of Lucy McHugh, released by Hampshire Police

Lucy McHugh’s body was found in woodland near Southampton

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child after the body of a 13-year-old girl was found.

Lucy McHugh’s body was found by a member of the public in the woodland near Southampton Sports Centre on Thursday morning.

The 24-year-old man remains in custody.

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.

“We know Lucy left her house in Mansel Road East at 9.30am on Wednesday 25 July and did not return home that evening as expected.

“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.”

According to police Lucy was last seen wearing a distinctive black jacket with white sleeves, with the logo for the band Falling In Reverse on the front and RADKE 01 in red on the back.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44180282545