Man charged with murder of Clydebank teenager Paige Doherty


A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 15-year-old Paige Doherty.

John Leathem, 31, made no plea during a private hearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

A search was launched when Paige, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, was reported missing last Saturday after she failed to arrive at a hairdressers where she had a part-time job.

Her body was found two days later in bushes at the side of Great Western Road, a busy route connecting Clydebank and Glasgow.

In an earlier statement released via police, Paige's mother, Pamela Munro, said: "We are absolutely devastated that we have lost our beautiful little girl.''

A memorial event was held for the teenager on Saturday night in a local park in the town.

It came after the landmark Titan Crane in Clydebank was lit pink on Thursday evening In memory of her.

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.''

Two fundraising pages to help her family meet funeral costs and other expenses collected more than £14,000 a day after they were set up.