Man arrested over murder of girl, 9, stabbed while playing in street with sister

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A man has been arrested of the murder of a nine-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in a street.

The shocking incident, which saw Lilia Valuytyte killed, took placed in Boston, LIncolnshire earlier this week.

Two people were originally arrested by released with no further action being taken – but another man has now been arrested.

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The girl was playing with her sister when she was stabbed.

Earlier today (July 30) Lincolnshire Police released CCTV images of a man they "urgently" wanted to question over the death in the town centre – but it has not yet been confirmed if the man arrested is the same one in the images.

At the time, Chief Supt Martyn Parker said: "These are very clear images of a man we want to speak to, so I'd urge anyone with information to get in touch with us.

"This is a particularly tragic case and I'd like to reassure the public that we have a huge amount of resources dedicated to the investigation.

"We continue to provide support to the family of Lilia, as they grieve following this unimaginable loss."

The images showed a man in a t-shirt, long pants and trainers loitering on a corner between Wormgate and Fountain Lane at 6.15pm on Thursday (July 18).

According to reports, the girl had been seen playing with a hula hoop with her youngster sister, and a toy pram was found at the scene.

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Reverend Jane Robertson has been leading local community prayers at St Botolph's Chuch in the girl's memory.

She told the BBC: "People feel they can't do anything and they want to do something.

"The church offers a space for people to come in and do something and actually do something tangible, even if it's to sit and say why or to feel anger or frustration or that awful sense of this is wrong."

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