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Detectives investigating Lucy McHugh's murder draft in National Crime Agency

Credit: Hampshire Constabulary
Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police investigating the death of Southampton teenager Lucy McHugh have drafted in a team of specialists to help find her killer.

National Crime Agency’s (NCA) officers from across the country have arrived in the city to share their expertise in areas of the murder investigation.

My dedicated team has been working around the clock to find Lucy’s killer and we are making progress.

To support their efforts, we’re making the most of the national resources available to us and have called upon the NCA’s major crime support team.

The team offers specialist investigative skills in key areas such as serious crime analysis, research, digital media and behavioural science.

They are already working with local detectives as we piece together what happened to Lucy.”

– Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, Hampshire Constabulary
Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The last confirmed sighting of Lucy was at the Tesco Express on the corner of Coxford Road and Lordswood Road at 9.30am Wednesday 25th July.

Her body was found in woodland at the Sports Centre at 7.45am on Thursday 26th July.

As we continue to do everything we can, we still need the public’s support.

Someone out there knows something and we urge anyone with information to come forward.

It’s never too late to get in touch, even with something that may have seemed insignificant at the time.

If any of Lucy’s friends are worried about only coming forward now – please don’t. Your piece of information could make the difference.”

– Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, Hampshire Constabulary

The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Lucy’s murder.