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Megan-Leigh Peat murder inquiry: Footballer in hospital

Megan-Leigh Peat
Image caption Megan-Leigh Peat was described as "bubbly and popular"

A footballer is under police guard in hospital while officers wait to question him on suspicion of murdering a 15-year-old girl.

Megan-Leigh Peat, of Westoning, was found dead in Ailesbury Road, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, on Saturday. Police have revealed she was stabbed.

Officers arrested 18-year-old Stoke City academy footballer Andrew Hall on suspicion of murder.

Mr Hall is being treated for an injury he sustained.

A spokesman for Stoke City FC confirmed Mr Hall had been arrested by police.

The club spokesman said: "The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Megan's family at this time."

Tributes have been left at the scene for Megan-Leigh, who had gone to the property which belongs to a friend with an 18-year-old man.

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

Friends of the victim have left flowers, photographs and notes at the house.

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."

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 had taken 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."

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

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