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Child murder suspect arrested 'in Newbury area'

Man is being held locally

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A MAN has been arrested "in the Newbury area" on suspicion of murdering a schoolgirl.

He is understood to be a 78-year-old man named Peter Pickering.

Today South Yorkshire Police issued a statement in which they revealed that a man had been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Wakefield schoolgirl Elsie Frost in 1965.

The senior investigating officer in the case, Det Supt Nick Wallen, said: "A reinvestigation into Elsie's murder was launched in 2015 by West Yorkshire Police, backed by a publicity campaign on the 50th anniversary of her death.

"Since then we have received significant numbers of calls and emails from members of the public offering new information, and have generated new lines of enquiry which officers have been progressing ever since.

"Following those enquiries we have now arrested a 78-year-old man in the Berkshire area and will be interviewing him under caution to progress our investigation." 

A spokesman for the force, Matthew Woodward, confirmed the man was arrested "in the Newbury area" but declined to say whether the suspect had been living in Newbury at the time of his arrest.

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