Police in Bourtreehill Park

A police investigation is under way after a 14-year-old girl was found dead in a park in North Ayrshire.

The teenager’s body was discovered in Bourtreehill Park in Irvine at about 11:45 on Monday.

Police Scotland said the death was currently being treated as “unexplained”.

A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out to establish the exact cause of death. A report will be sent to procurator fiscal.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old girl found dead within Bourtreehill Park at around 11.45am on Monday September 11.

“The death is being treated as unexplained.”

A spokesman for North Ayrshire Council said counselling and support was being offered to youngsters in the area.

He said: “We are extremely saddened by the tragic death of a hard-working and conscientious pupil and our immediate thoughts are with the family.

“We shall ensure that we reach out to our school communities to provide support and counselling to pupils and staff who wish it.”

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