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Teenager, 16, charged over murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the death of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute, Police Scotland said.

Alesha had been staying with relatives when she was reported missing at 6.25am on Monday.

Her body was found in woodland near her grandparents’ home by Rothesay hours later.

Alesha MacPhail went missing on the Isle of Bute on Monday The 16-year-old will remain in custody and is expected to appear at Greenock Sheriff Court on Friday.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston announced the teenager, who was arrested on Wednesday night, had been now been charged, outside the island’s Rothesay police station.

He praised Alesha’s parents for their ‘incredible bravery’ during what has been an ‘unimaginable ordeal’.

Detective Superintendent Houston said: ‘Officers and staff from across Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority have been involved in what has been a difficult and challenging investigation during which they have worked tirelessly to bring us to where we are today.’

He added: ‘I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank Alesha’s family who have shown incredible bravery through what has been an unimaginable ordeal during these past few days.

‘I’d also like to thank local people for all their support and assistance during this major investigation on the island.

The response to our appeals was significant both from those living here and the wider community of Scotland.

‘The people of the Isle of Bute have rallied together since Alesha was first reported missing on Monday morning and I would stress that social media speculation relating to members of the community is both misleading and inaccurate.

‘The family has also received considerable support from Alesha’s home town of Airdrie, which was reflected in the memorial service held at her school.’

Culled from Metro

My view: It's so sad, they should stop hiding the identity of teenagers who kill innocent and defenceless children. If they are bold enough to kill, then they shouldn't be considered as minors.