A 19-year-old man was being questioned today on suspicion of murdering a schoolgirl stabbed to death as she walked home along an unlit riverside footpath in Britain.
The body of part-time Laura Ashley shop assistant Asha Muneer, 18, was discovered lying next to the River Kennet in Reading, Berkshire, by a jogger on Monday night.
Officers from Thames Valley Police arrested the suspect shortly after 10pm yesterday at an address in the town. He is being held at Loddon Valley police station.
A post-mortem examination carried out at a local hospital revealed Miss Muneer, a pupil at Highdown School in Caversham, Reading, had died of multiple stab wounds.
Relatives at her home in the Whitley area of Reading were too distraught to speak about her death.
The teenager was found on the footpath, near the Madejski football stadium, at 8.30pm on Monday with her handbag lying nearby.
She is thought to have left work at Laura Ashley, on the Brunel Retail Park, more than two hours earlier, when it closed at 6pm. No ambulance was called as it was already too late to save the teenager.
Detective Superintendent Karen Trego of Thames Valley Police said: “We continue to keep an open mind as to the motive for Asha’s death.
“I appreciate that this incident is of great concern for the Reading community and I would like to reassure them that a team of detectives working on the investigation are