Stoke City academy footballer Andrew Hall held in girl murder probe
STOKE City Academy player Andrew Hall has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old girl.
The 18-year-old was detained after schoolgirl Megan-Leigh Peat was found fatally injured at a house in Bedfordshire.
Neighbours said Megan had been stabbed, although police have not yet confirmed the cause of death.
Reports suggest Stoke midfielder Mr Hall was in a relationship with the victim.
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It is understood he was taken to hospital for treatment on an injured finger before he could be quizzed by detectives.
Bedfordshire Police refused to name their suspect, but a spokesman for Stoke City FC confirmed Mr Hall was being questioned by police.
Reports suggest Megan was at a house party when she was attacked.
Police were called to a semi-detached property in Ampthill at 1.30am on Saturday.
Paramedics tried to revive Megan, but she could not be saved.
Bedfordshire Police last night confirmed Mr Hall was still in custody.
A spokesman said: "We have begun a murder investigation after a woman died from serious injuries.
"Detectives believe she is Megan-Leigh Peat, aged 15, from Westoning. The victim has not yet been formally identified.
"Officers attended the scene where a body was discovered and scenes of crime officers are now undertaking a full forensic examination of the area.
"An 18-year-old man, who is known to the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody."
Mr Hall played for Stoke City's Under-18 side last season and scored the goal that sent them to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.
He was one of 10 young players who have recently been offered 'professional development contracts' to play at under-21 level at the club.
A Stoke City spokesman said: "The club are not prepared to comment at this stage, other than to say the thoughts of everyone here are with Megan's family at this tragic time."
Neighbours said the community in the small town had been shocked by the killing.
A man, who asked not to be named, said he returned to his home near the murder scene at around 2.30am on Saturday.
He said: "When I left it was all quiet, but by the time I got back, there were police vans and cars and paramedics outside the house. There must have been six police cars.
"One of the neighbours came over to fill me in on what had happened. It's shocking because nothing ever happens in Ampthill. It's the sort of place where you don't even get a dirty look in the pub."