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Teenager charged with the murder of Rebecca Aylward ‘remanded in secure accommodation’

A teenager charged with the murder of schoolgirl Rebecca Aylward was remanded to secure accommodation during a brief youth court hearing in Bridgend.

The 16-year-old boy was charged late last night with killing Rebecca, whose battered body was found in woodland on Sunday,

Rebecca, 15, died of head injuries after being attacked with a house brick in dense forestry.

Two boys, from Bridgend, South Wales, were arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Inspector Andy Walbeoff, of South Wales Police, said today: “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.”

Rebecca was last seen alive at 12.30pm on Saturday when a relative dropped her in Sarn, Bridgend, to meet a friend.

The schoolgirl’s mother Sonia Oatley, 49, raised the alarm when Rebecca failed to arrive at the family home in Maesteg, near Bridgend, that evening.

Police launched a search and Rebecca’s body was discovered at 9am on Sunday.

Rebecca was due to sit her GCSE exams next summer at the 720-pupil Archbishop McGrath Comprehensive School and hoped to become a solicitor.

Family were yesterday(tues) comforting Rebecca’s mum Sonia and dad, John Aylward.

They said in a statement: “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.

“All the family have been shattered by her death. Becca can never ever be replaced.”

Police appealed for help in tracing her movements between 12.30pm on Saturday and 9am the following morning.

Chief Superintendent Carl Davies said: “This is a tragic incident and my heart goes out to Rebecca’s family.”

More than 2,600 people have joined a tribute page on Facebook to Rebecca.

Gabriel Jan Trio(corr) said: “She was an amazing girl, I felt lucky to have her as a friend.

“It was a privilege to be such close friends to Becca. God bless her.”

Angela Powell wrote: “My heart goes out to you Sonia and the rest of the family. Becca will always be in our hearts never out of our minds xxx.”

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