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Father charged with girl's murder

The father of an 11-year-old girl found strangled at her home has been charged with her murder, police said.

Rebecca Thompson was discovered at the house in Holmefield Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Saturday June 22.

Her father Simon Thompson, 52, was taken to hospital after being involved in a car crash in the early hours of the same day.

He has now been charged with murder and will appear at Hatfield Magistrates Court.

Rebecca's headteacher paid tribute to the schoolgirl. In a statement, Rita Cooper, head of Sacred Heart Primary School, said: ''It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Rebecca who was in Year 6 at Sacred Heart.

''Rebecca was a lovely girl who was hard-working and did well in her learning. She was looking forward to secondary school.

"'The whole school is very distressed by this tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends."

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