Police arrest man in Amanda Dowler hunt

Detectives hunting missing British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler have arrested a 36-year-old man.

Detectives hunting missing British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler have arrested a 36-year-old man.

The suspect was detained in Chertsey, about three miles from the teenager's home in Walton-on-Thames.

The 13-year-old, nicknamed Milly, disappeared eight weeks ago on her way home from school.

News of the development came in a brief police statement released over five hours after the arrest.

It said: "A 36-year-old man has today been arrested by Surrey Police in Chertsey at around 11am in connection with the inquiry into the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler.

"Amanda, known as Milly, was last seen on Thursday March 21 after leaving Walton Railway Station on her way home from school.

"The man has been taken to Surrey Police Station for questioning."

It is thought to be the first arrest directly connected to Milly's disappearance. A woman was recently arrested for allegedly harassing Milly's parents.

Surrey Police say no body has been found in the hunt for the teenager.

A police spokeswoman said: "There have been no other significant developments, other than those released earlier today."

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