Lillia Valutyte: Police make arrest following death of nine-year-old

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Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder following the fatal stabbing of nine-year-old Lillia Valutyte.

Lincolnshire Police released four CCTV images of a man they wished to speak on Saturday and warned anyone who sees him not to approach him but to call 999 immediately.

In an update on Saturday afternoon, the police said a 22-year-old man had been arrested in the Boston Central Park area at approximately 2.45pm.

A statement read: “The arrest follows a combination of intelligence and information supplied by several members of the public. We’d like to thank everyone for their assistance as we continue our investigation.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident. There will continue to be a signficant police presence in the town while our investigation progresses.

“We are still encouraging anyone with information to contact us. You can do so via the Major Incident Portal.

“The force added that two people who were arrested earlier this week have now been released with no further action.”

Lillia was found on Fountain Lane in Boston at around 6.20pm on Thursday.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Incident 419 of July 28.

She had reportedly been playing with her younger sister on the street just yards from an office where their mother was working at the time.

The girls had a hula-hoop, and a toy pram was left at the scene, according to local people.

A resident from the area told the Telegraph: “The little girl was playing in the street with her younger sister when it happened. They had some toys out.

“I’m sure her mum wouldn’t have been far away as she always checked on them. She was a very quiet girl, and I just can’t understand it.

“I didn’t see what happened, but we were told they (police) were looking for footage of a man running away.”

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