UK police to screen CCTV of murdered schoolgirl’s movements to football fans

CCTV footage of the last-known movements of murdered UK schoolgirl Lucy McHugh will be screened to thousands of Saints football fans in the latest appeal by police investigating her death.

The body of the 13-year-old was discovered in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre at 7.45am on July 26. She had been stabbed to death.

She was last seen leaving her home in Mansel Road East the previous morning.

Police will be handing out leaflets to fans arriving at Southampton Football Club’s match against Burnley at the city’s St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday, as well as the footage being shown on the big screens.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, of Hampshire police, said: “More than 200 members of the public have been in touch with information so far, but we know there’s more to be done.

“The public’s support has been fantastic and we’re also grateful to Southampton FC for their help.

“However, someone out there knows something about Lucy’s final movements.

“Some Saints fans may have come back from holiday in time for the Burnley game and missed our appeals.

“It’s vital that they think back to Wednesday the 25th, when Lucy disappeared.”

Lucy McHugh outside Tesco Express, on the corner of Coxford Rd & Lordswood Rd at 9.30am on July 25 (Hampshire Constabulary/PA)

The CCTV footage shows Lucy at the Tesco Express on the corner of Coxford Road and Lordswood Road at 9.30am on July 25 near to the sports centre where her body was found.

Mr Barton added: “Where did she go in between those times and who was she with?

“If you can help us find Lucy’s killer, please contact us immediately.”

Lucy was last seen 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.

She also wore a white vest top, camouflage leggings and black and white Jordan trainers.

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Lucy’s murder.

Information can be provided to police by calling 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Suspect Stephen-Alan Nicholson, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, was released on police bail on July 31 but was remanded in custody by Southampton Magistrates’ Court after he was charged under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) for failing to provide his Facebook password to detectives.

The 24-year-old will next appear at Southampton Crown Court on August 31.

- Press Association


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