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11/08/2018 09:06 BST

Lucy McHugh: Police To Show CCTV Footage Of Murdered Schoolgirl To Football Fans

Lucy's body was found near Southampton Sports Centre on July 26.

Hampshire Constabulary
The body of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh was found on July 26 in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre 

CCTV footage of the last-known movements of murdered 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.

Lucy 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 and the footage will be shown on the big screens.

Hampershire Constabulary
CCTV footage showing Lucy outside a Tesco Express near the sports centre the day before her body was found

Hampshire police have released images of the teenager near to the sports centre outside the Tesco Express store on the corner of Coxford Road and Lordswood Road at 9.30am on July 25.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “Since leaving her house in Mansel Road East, we now know that Lucy was close to the sports centre just half an hour later.

“We need to know how she reached the Tesco Express and where she went next.

“Maybe you were driving or cycling past at that time and can remember something. You may even have dash cam or action camera footage.

“We’re really hoping the CCTV footage will jog people’s memories so that we can further build up a picture of Lucy’s movements.

“You will see that Lucy was carrying her jacket at the time. It was a hot day, so you may have seen her wearing a white vest top.

“We’re also asking runners or walkers to check their mapping apps for the period in question.

“They may realise they were close to the scene of the murder and have information that might be useful to our investigation.”

Lucy was last seen wearing a distinctive black jacket with white sleeves, the logo for the band ‘Falling in Reverse’ on the front and ‘RADKE 01’ in red on the back, a white vest top, camouflage leggings and black and white Jordan 23 trainers.

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 remanded in custody at 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.