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Three more arrested over Rotherham teenager's murder

Laura Wilson
Image caption Laura Wilson was last seen by friends near her home on Saturday night

A further three people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 17-year-old mother whose body was found in a Rotherham canal.

The body, which was pulled from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Canal on Tuesday, has now been identified as Laura Mary Wilson.

Miss Wilson, who had a four-month-old daughter, was last seen on Saturday.

South Yorkshire Police are now questioning four people on suspicion of her murder.

A 44-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and two men aged 22 and 26 were arrested on Thursday.

'Fun and feisty'

Detectives have been granted extra time to question a 17-year-old boy who was arrested on Tuesday.

In a statement, Miss Wilson's family said they were "devastated" and "struggling to come to terms" with her death.

They said: "Laura was a fun and feisty young woman who was loved by all and had so much to live for.

"She doted on her daughter Alesha and had recently enrolled on a college course that she was hoping would bring her an exciting future."

Police are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Steel Street area of Rotherham between Saturday evening and Tuesday afternoon to contact them.

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