Boy, 15, charged with Rebecca Aylward murder

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Rebecca Aylward
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Rebecca Aylward was reported missing after failing to return home

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a schoolgirl whose body was found in woodland in south Wales.

Rebecca Aylward, also 15, from Maesteg, near Bridgend, was found with head injuries in nearby Aberkenfig on Sunday morning.

South Wales Police had arrested two boys, both aged 15, on suspicion of murder and detectives had been granted extra time to question them.

The second boy who was being questioned has been released without charge.

In a statement police said: "South Wales Police, investigating the death of 15-year-old Rebecca Aylward have charged a 15 year old boy with murder.

"The other 15-year-old boy in custody has been released without charge.

Anyone with information in relation to the investigation should contact the incident room on 01656 679585."

Rebecca was at Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, which has opened during half-term to offer support for pupils.

In a statement issued via South Wales Police, her family said her death had left them "shattered".

They said: "Rebecca, also known as Becca, was dearly loved by all her family.

"She will be sadly missed, she was a very happy young girl, she had an outgoing and bubbly personality.

"She was very motherly towards her younger brother and sister who absolutely adored her; they have been left devastated by her death.

"She had a wide circle of friends and was popular and well liked by all who knew her."

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