Man In Court Over Paige Doherty Death

26 March 2016, 08:46 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Paige Doherty

A man will appear in court today in connection with the death of 15-year-old Paige Doherty.

The teenager, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, was reported missing on Saturday March 19 after failing to arrive at a hairdressers where she had a part-time job.

Her body was found two days later in bushes at the side of Great Western Road, a busy route connecting Clydebank and Glasgow.

Police Scotland said on Thursday that a 31-year-old man had been arrested in connection with her death.

He will appear in private at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

The arrest followed intense police activity in the areas around where Paige was last seen and where her body was eventually found.

Specialist forensic officers had been searching the Delicious Deli in Clydebank's Fleming Avenue, and examining a property in a nearby street.

In an earlier statement released via police, Paige's mother, Pamela Munro, said: "We are absolutely devastated that we have lost our beautiful little girl.''

A memorial event arranged on social media for the teenager is expected to be held on Saturday at Whitecrook Park in Clydebank.

While police said it would be "fitting tribute to Paige'', they urged against people not to let off Chinese lanterns because the park is in the flight path of Glasgow Airport.

It comes after the landmark Titan Crane in Clydebank was lit up in pink on Thursday evening in memory of Paige.

Provost Douglas McAllister said: ''Our community is in shock at this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Paige's family and friends. This is a small gesture of support for everyone who knew Paige.''

Two fund-raising pages to help her family meet funeral costs and other expenses collected more than #14,000 a day after they were set up.