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Deli and flat in Clydebank probed over Paige Doherty murder

Forensics officers were working around Delicious Deli in Fleming Avenue
Image caption Forensics officers were working around Delicious Deli in Fleming Avenue

Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Paige Doherty are conducting forensic examinations at a deli where she was last seen and at a nearby flat.

Officers cordoned off Delicious Deli in Clydebank's Fleming Avenue on Wednesday night along with a flat in Brown Avenue where deli owner John Leathem lives.

Paige's body was found in wooded area near Great Western Road on Monday.

She was last seen near the deli on Saturday morning after setting off for her part-time hairdressing job.

Darren Wilson, a downstairs neighbour of 31-year-old Mr Leathem, told BBC Scotland reporter Catriona Renton that police arrived at the flat in Brown Avenue at about 18:30 on Wednesday.

He recalled seeing torches outside and police looking in the garden and a shed at the back of the garden.

The reporter said a "high-profile" police operation was ongoing in the West Dunbartonshire town and she had seen officers conducting door-to-door inquiries.

On Wednesday, Paige's mother Pamela Munro said her family were "devastated" and called for public help in getting "justice" for her girl.

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Image caption Paige Doherty was last seen near the Delicious Deli in Clydebank on Saturday morning

In memory of Paige, the landmark Titan Crane in Clydebank is being lit pink at dusk on Thursday until dawn on Friday.

West Dunbartonshire 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."

Last movements

Meanwhile, police are still attempting to piece together Paige's last movement's between Saturday morning when she was last seen and Monday, when her body was discovered.

Det Supt Duncan Sloan, of Police Scotland, said: "We know that the last confirmed sighting of Paige was on Saturday morning at about 08:20 at the shop in Fleming Avenue.

"I need to hear from people who recognise her image that we have issued, and who saw her that morning.

"Paige was a very independent young lady, who would routinely make her way to work during the weekend over to Kirkintilloch from Clydebank, taking a bus into Glasgow City Centre on to Kirkintilloch."

Image caption Flowers and tributes to Paige have been left by the road

The detective said he needed people to come forward with any information "however insignificant it may seem".

He asked: "Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area of Fleming Avenue on Saturday morning, and crucially, did you see anyone in the vicinity of Great Western Road, near to a wooded area on the A82 on Monday?

"This is a very busy route for cars, and popular with joggers and dog walkers."

Detectives have set up a dedicated mobile number which people can text with any information they may have. The number is 07557 540 848.

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