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Stoke City Academy footballer held in murder inquiry

Megan-Leigh Peat
Image caption Tributes have been left at the house where Megan-Leigh Peat died

An 18-year-old Stoke City FC academy player has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a teenager at a Bedfordshire house.

Andrew Hall was arrested after the body of a 15-year-old girl was found in Ailesbury Road in Ampthill on Saturday.

Tributes have been left at the scene for the victim Megan-Leigh Peat, of Westoning, in Bedfordshire.

Bedfordshire Police would not confirm the name of the man in custody but said he was known to the victim.

A spokesman for Stoke City FC confirmed Mr Hall was being questioned by police.

Friends of the victim have left flowers, photographs and notes at the house, which is still surrounded by a police cordon.

One friend wrote: "The emptiness and hurt you have left so many of us with is unimaginable. A beautiful girl on the inside and out, whose life was just beginning."

Image caption Friends of Megan-Leigh Peat have left flowers and photographs at the house

Another note read: "Beautiful Megan, I remember the day you were born, the joy you brought your mum and dad to have a daughter and to give your two brothers a little sister. Then you grew into a happy smiley teenager. Heaven has gained an angel."

Chelsie McAneny, 16, who said she took some lessons with Megan-Leigh at Harlington Upper School, said: "Everyone loved her, she was bubbly and popular and she stuck up for everyone, even when she was down."

The results of a post-mortem examination are expected later.

Bedfordshire Police has appealed for anyone with information about the inquiry to contact officers.

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