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Lillia Valutyte: Man, 22, arrested over fatal stabbing of nine-year-old

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Police investigating the killing of nine-year-old Lillia Valutyte in Lincolnshire have arrested a person on suspicion of murder.

The schoolgirl, a Lithuanian national, was killed in a suspected stabbing in Fountain Lane, Boston, at around 6.20pm Thursday evening.

After an appeal for information, police arrested a 22-year-old man in Boston central at 2.45pm on Saturday.

Two people who were arrested earlier this week have now been released without charge.

On Saturday, police issued four CCTV images of a man they want to speak to but urged people not to approach him.

Floral tributes left for Lillia

(PA)

“Officers detained the man in the Boston Central Park area at around 2.45pm today (July 30),” the force said.

“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.”

The force added: “We are still encouraging anyone with information to contact us. You can do so via the major incident portal.

“There will continue to be a significant police presence in the town while our investigation progresses.

Lillia 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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