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Man arrested over Southampton teenager’s murder is bailed

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A 24-year-old man arrested over Southampton teenager Lucy McHugh’s murder has been bailed and told he must not enter the city.

The 13-year-old was found in woodland near Southampton Sports Centre at 7.45am on Thursday.

Police previously confirmed she had been stabbed to death.

Lucy left her home in Mansel Road East at 9.30am on Wednesday but did not return as expected.

The man, who has not been named, was also arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.

Officers have appealed for the public’s help to “understand Lucy’s activity in the 24 hours before her body was found”.

She was wearing a black jacket with white sleeves, the logo for the band Falling in Reverse on the front and RADKE 01 in red on the back.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “We know that this is causing a great deal of concern locally, please be assured we are doing all we possibly can to bring whoever is responsible for Lucy’s death to justice.”

He added: “Speculation, particularly on social media, is not helpful and leads to further issues we need to manage. This detracts us from the murder investigation.

“We will update the community with as much information as we can without compromising the investigation, we really appreciate your support in this.”

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