Gosport deaths: Man held after two teenage girls hit by car

The crash scene in Gosport
Image caption The scene of the crash was sealed off and examined

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two teenage girls were hit by a car in Hampshire.

Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, were walking along Ann's Hill Road in Gosport when they were hit by a Honda Civic at about 04:15 GMT.

Jasmine was pronounced dead at the scene while Olivia died at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the crash near the junction with Brougham Street to get in touch.

Det Supt Dick Pearson said: "This is an extremely tragic incident which has resulted in the death of two young girls.

"I currently have a team of detectives and other officers, including expert road collision investigators, working on this case to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these two teenage girls.

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Media captionSupt Darren O'Callaghan appealed to anyone with information to come forward

"I would appeal to anyone who knows anything which could help this investigation to contact my team as soon as possible."

Ann's Hill Road was closed at its junctions with Middle Cross Lane and the A32 and motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Tributes were paid to both girls on social networking sites.

Steven Swain tweeted: "Rip Jasmine and Olivia two beautiful girls taken:( really can't believe this has happened:( thoughts go out to both of your familys!".

Another friend tweeted: "RIP Jasmine and Olivia, you'll be missed and heaven has gained two angels. Thoughts are with your families."

The arrested man, who is from Gosport, was initially held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in custody.

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