Police release new image of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh, 13, as murder investigaiton continues

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses as they investigate the murder of a Southampton schoolgirl.Â

Saturday, 4th August 2018, 7:31 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st September 2018, 10:08 am
Lucy McHugh, 13, was found stabbed to death. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

A new image of Lucy McHugh, 13, has been released by her family just over a week after her body was discovered. 

The Southampton schoolgirl was found stabbed to death in woodland near the Southampton Sports Centre on the morning of July 26.

The image of Lucy was shared on social media, Southampton Cops on Twitter said: '˜This was Lucy McHugh.

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'˜This new photo released by Lucy's family as part of our #Murder investigation in #Southampton. shows a 13 year-old girl living her life, which was cut tragically short.

'˜If you have info please call 101 quoting Op Refund.' 

Police will be handing out leaflets at Southampton FC's final friendly game today as well as Hampshire Cricket match last night as they continue their investigations. 

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Lucy McHugh, 13, was found stabbed to death. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire police are attempting to piece together the teenager's final movements after she left her home in Mansel Road East at 9am on Wednesday, July 25.

A force spokesman said: '˜Leaflets will be handed out at the Hampshire cricket fixture at the Ageas Bowl tonight (Friday) and the Saints friendly at St Mary's tomorrow (Saturday).

'˜Messages will also be displayed on the grounds' big screens as we continue to appeal for information about the 13-year-old's death in Southampton.'

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: '˜We have already been contacted by over 100 members of the public with information.

Police are continuing the investigation into Lucy McHugh's death. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary/ PA Wire

'˜We're really grateful for this support and this extends to Southampton FC and Hampshire Cricket for their help this weekend.

'˜We hope our appeal at these sporting events will jog people's memories further.

'˜We're looking for sightings of Lucy between 9am on Wednesday 25 July, when she left her house in Mansel Road East, and 7.45am on Thursday 26 July, when her body was found in woodland at the sports centre.

'˜If anyone was in the area between those times and has information that might help us - however insignificant it might seem - please get in touch.

'˜We want to speak to anyone who was with Lucy, who spoke to her or thinks they may have seen her.

'˜In addition, dashcam footage or private CCTV images may help us with our inquiries.

'˜We're also keen to hear from anyone who was involved in activities at the sports centre on Wednesday 25 or knows which clubs were there.'

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

A man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, was released on police bail on Tuesday but remanded in custody by Southampton Magistrates' Court after he was charged under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act for failing to provide his Facebook password to detectives.

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