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Alesha MacPhail: Man arrested on suspicion of murder on Isle of Bute

A male under the age of 18 has been arrested on suspicion of murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail.

Police received information that the six-year-old had gone missing at 6.25am on Monday hours later she was found dead in woodland.

The local community launched a large-scale search for Alesha in the hope she’d be found safe and well believing she had woken up and took herself for a walk on the Scottish island of Bute.

Police reported a man had been arrested in relation to the murder but have now changed that information to say that a male under the age of 18 has now been arrested.

Police have not released any further details about the arrested man but still, continue to appeal for information.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston, said: “The response to our earlier public appeals has been significant.

“However, despite this evening’s major development, I am still appealing for anyone who was in the Ardbeg Road area of Bute on Sunday night or in the early hours of Monday and who may have information about Alesha’s death to contact us.

“Anyone who has CCTV at their home or business, or indeed any motorists with dashcam footage which might help with our investigation are also urged to get in touch.”

On Tuesday night, Chief Superintendent Hazel Hendren warned the community on Bute that they should be “vigilant and look after each other”.

A murder investigation was launched as a result of the findings of a post-mortem examination into Alesha’s death.

Several officers entered the garden with long sticks and searched the grounds.

Later, a recovery truck removed a black Dacia car from the rear of the house. It was the second car to be removed.

Officers have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries and conducting 24-hour high-visibility patrols to support the island’s 7,000-strong community.

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