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Stoke City Youth Player Held Over Stab Murder
A Stoke City youth team footballer has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death.
Andrew Hall, 18, was taken into custody after Megan-Leigh Peat was found dead at a house in Ailsbury Road, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
Megan - who lived with her mother, brother and mother's partner in Flitwick Road, Westoning - died from her injuries after paramedics and police were called to the house at 1.30am on Saturday.
Police have said that the property belonged to a mutual friend, but earlier reports that there had been a house party were incorrect.
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: "An 18-year-old male was arrested shortly after the incident, but due to an injury that he had sustained was taken to hospital for medical treatment.
"He remains in hospital under police guard and has not yet been interviewed."
Flowers have been left outside the home and blood spots could be seen on the pavement outside.
Tributes to the popular teenager - who was a pupil at Harlington Upper School - have been posted on Facebook and other social networking sites.
Hannah Louise Watson wrote: "Still can't believe it. You made everyone proud when you never gave up and held your head high through the hardest of times and you always helped supporting everyone around you.
"So now is our time to thank everything you've done to help others and thank you for the best memories Megan."
Hall played for the Premier League team's under-18s side last season.
Stoke City FC confirmed to Sky News that Mr Hall was one of 10 young players who have recently been offered "professional development contracts" to play at under-21 level at the Premier League club.
A spokesman said: "The club are not prepared to comment at this stage other than to say that the thoughts of everyone here are with Megan's family at this tragic time."
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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what do you think?
awful. R.I.P. so young x
Oh no not other footballer so how many footballers so far been charge this year??? 6\7 cases?? RIP for lovely girl died very young...
RIP, but what happened to innocent until proven guilty?
I hope that for this young mans sake he didnt do it, but the truth is many footballers get away with it. A Footballer killed my friends to boys due to drink driving and got released the eve of their deaths. There is no justice.
That's also really incencative what they done to your friend too Sarah. Hope the parents are supporting one another. No parent should out live their kids no matter the circumstances.
god bless you r.i.p. lovely girl xxx
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Nonsense comment based on baseless speculation. Where does it say drink or drugs was involved? As for too much money, how much do you think a player at his level in the game would be paid? Whatever the reason, let's hope that - if he's guilty - whatever promising career he might have had is over for good. I'm sick of hearing about football players getting out of jail only for clubs to be queueing up for their services.
God bless you Megan and rest in peace xxx
Tragic. A young women with her whole life ahead of her taken away. What gives someone the right to take another's life. Rip Megan-Leigh x
Sad to hear that a young girl has been taken by someone who will be revealed in court in front of an in-(or is that im)partial jury Spell Check Please
I am shocked at the sheer stupidity of all this stabbing and shooting are young people somehow confused by electronic games to the extent that they expect somebody to get up after killing them. What a waste of life from both points of view.
Vidoe games are not responsible for young people killing others. There's a myth that before the advent of TV, film and games that we all lived in an idyllic world where nothing bad ever happend. Sorry, but that just isn't the case and people have always commited crimes and always will. The only real difference is that due to the increased access to media and instant news we just hear about it more.
Here we go, it's all the fault of games again is it? Yep it didn't happen in 'the good old days'. What do you blame WW1 and WW2 on then?