UPDATE: Soldier arrested after jogging girls killed in Hampshire road tragedy

A jogger runs past police near the scene in Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, where two teenage girls died after being struck by a car while jogging. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A jogger runs past police near the scene in Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, where two teenage girls died after being struck by a car while jogging. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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A 24-year-old soldier has been arrested after two girls died when they were hit by a car while out jogging in Hampshire.

The teenagers were struck as they ran on a stretch of road last night.

Hampshire Constabulary said the girls, who have not been named, were hit by a black Ford Focus on Queens Avenue in Aldershot shortly after 7.10pm.

The arrested driver remains in police custody for questioning.

An Army spokesman said: “I can confirm that he is a serving soldier held in connection with this incident.”

Well-wishers have left messages on social media stating that the girls were members of Aldershot and Farnham District (AFD) Athletics Club.

Ruth Haynes posted on Twitter: “So saddened to hear about what happened in Aldershot tonight. Thoughts and love to the families, friends and everyone at AFD.”

Olympian Elisha McColgan also posted: “Awful news coming from Aldershot this morning. Thoughts go out to family, friends and fellow-team mates at AFD.”

A black Ford Focus was later seen being taken away from the scene on the back of a flatbed lorry.

A police spokesman said: “No-one else was hurt and inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of what happened.”

Specially-trained officers are supporting the girls’ families.

Anyone with information is is asked to contact Inspector Graham Hughes at Whitchurch Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Altaris (Incident 772), or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.