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Two teenage boys held over murder of 15-year-old Rebecca Aylward

 

South Wales police specialist search units approach woodland in Aberkenfig

Police have been searching the area of woodland in Aberkenfig where Rebecca Aylward's body was found (Photo: Wales News)

 

Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a teenage girl was found in woodland near Bridgend.

The body of Rebecca Aylward, 15, from Maesteg, was found in woodland just outside Aberkenfig at about 0900 BST on Sunday.

She had been reported missing after she failed to come home after visiting friends in Sarn on Saturday. South Wales Police have issued an appeal for information.

Rebecca was last seen in Sarn Hill, Sarn, near Bridgend, at about 1230 BST on Saturday. She had been dropped off by relatives to visit a friend.

Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody.

Rebecca’s school – Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School at Tondu, in Bridgend- day they are in “deep shock” over her death

Detective Superintendent Paul Burke said: “Our thoughts are with Rebecca’s family, who are naturally devastated.

“A murder investigation is under way and I would appeal for anyone with information to please contact the incident room.”

Miss Aylward was a pupil of Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School at Tondu, in Bridgend. Acting head-teacher Reverend Dr Philip Manghan said the school and wider community were in a state of shock at news of her death.

Students at the school are currently on half-term break but the school is working with police and the council to provide counselling and support for pupils.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Bridgend Police Station on 01656 679585 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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