Boy, 16, in custody following discovery of six-year-old girl’s body in woodland on Monday

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the death of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was discovered on the Isle of Bute on Monday morning.

He remains in custody and is expected to appear at Greenock sheriff court on Friday.

The schoolgirl, originally from Airdrie in Lanarkshire, was reported missing from her grandparents’ home near Rothesay at around 6.30am on Monday, sparking a frantic search.

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