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Football fans to be shown CCTV of murdered teen

The last known movements of a murdered 13-year-old will be played to thousands of football fans as police continue to appeal for information.

The body of Lucy McHugh was found in an area of woodland in Southampton on 26 July after she was stabbed to death.

She was last seen the day before and was spotted on CCTV walking past a Tesco Express around half an hour after she left home.

Police say this places her close to a sports centre where her body was discovered.

Image: The 13-year-old's body was found near a sports centre

The footage will be played to Southampton fans before the side's Premier League opener against Burnley at home on Sunday, in the hope it may lead to information being passed on to police.

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

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “The publics support has been fantastic and were also grateful to Southampton FC for their help.

Lucy's body was found in woodland 1:10
Video: Last sighting of Lucy McHugh caught on CCTV

"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.

“Its vital that they think back to Wednesday the 25th, when Lucy disappeared."

CCTV shows 13-year-old Lucy McHugh the day before her body was discovered
Image: CCTV shows 13-year-old Lucy McHugh the day before her body was discovered

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Suspect Stephen-Alan Nicholson was arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child before being released on bail.

However, the 24-year-old was subsequently remanded in custody after being charged for failing to provide the password to his Facebook account to detectives.

Examples of the type of clothing worn by Lucy on Wednesday 25 July. Pic: Hampshire Police
Image: Examples of the type of clothing worn by Lucy on Wednesday 25 July. Pic: Hampshire Police

He will next appear at Southampton Crown Court on 31 August.

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Police have received nearly 200 reports from members of the public and have gathered CCTV footage from around 250 premises, such as shops, council buildings and private houses.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Refund.

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