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Rebecca Thompson death: Police to quiz injured father

Rebecca Thompson
Image caption Rebecca Thompson was found dead by police on Saturday

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering his 11-year-old daughter is to be quizzed by police once he is deemed fit by medical staff.

Officers found the body of Rebecca Thompson at her home in Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Saturday afternoon.

Her father Simon Thompson, 52, is in hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a car crash in the early hours of the same day.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place on Tuesday.

Det Insp John Arthur, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "The death of a child is always tragic and understandably many people will be devastated and concerned by what has happened.

"Our thoughts are with Rebecca's family and friends at this terrible time.

"Detectives and specialist teams investigating the circumstances surrounding Rebecca's death are working to get a better understanding of the facts in this tragic case."

'A lovely girl'

Rita Cooper, Rebecca's head teacher at Sacred Heart Primary School in Bushey, has paid tribute to the schoolgirl.

She said in a statement on Monday: "It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Rebecca who was in year six at Sacred Heart.

"Rebecca was a lovely girl who was hard working and did well in her learning. She was looking forward to secondary school.

"The whole school is very distressed by this tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends."

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash involving a grey Volkswagen, which took place at the Elstree Hill roundabout about 00:15 BST on Saturday, to contact them.

Mr Arthur added: "I am also very keen to hear from anyone who saw, or knows where Rebecca had been during Friday 21 June."

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