A man has been charged with the murder of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh, whose body was found in woodland at a Southampton sports centre.

Stephen-Alan Nicholson, 24, of no fixed address, has been charged with murder, rape of a child under 13 and two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.

One count of sexual activity relates to an alleged offence in 2012 against a 14-year-old girl.

Lucy McHugh
Image: The teenager was stabbed to death

Lucy, 13, was stabbed to death and her body was found by a member of the public in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre in Hampshire on 26 July.

She was last seen leaving her home in Mansel Road East at 9.30am the day before but did not return as expected.

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Lucy’s mother Stacey White described her as “a smiling, content little dolly who everyone adored and cherished”.

Nicholson is due to appear before Southampton magistrates on Thursday.

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