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Tributes to a 'happy' schoolgirl

Holly and Diane Fallon
Holly Fallon, 10, and her mother Diane went missing 11 days ago

Tributes have been paid to a schoolgirl whose body is believed to have been recovered, along with her mother's, in Ayrshire.

Diane Fallon, 43, and 10-year-old Holly had been missing for 11 days from their home in Cronberry, near Cumnock.

A 26-year-old man is due in court later in connection with the deaths.

Holly's teachers at St John's Primary, Cumnock, described her as a "happy, bright and able pupil, who was fondly regarded by everyone who knew her".

The mother and daughter were last seen at their home at about 2300 BST on Saturday, 28 March.

Holly's schoolteacher raised the alarm on Tuesday, 31 March, after she failed to turn up for classes.

The head of education and social services at East Ayrshire Council, Graham Short, said: "There is a well established procedure within our education and social services department.

Holly was a very happy child. She enjoyed her lessons. She enjoyed being with her playmates.
Graham Short
East Ayrshire Council

"The school teacher alerted the head teacher who talked immediately to social work who spoke to the police and then the National Missing from Education system was notified.

"The systems were there, and they were applied, but there appears to have been an unfortunate outcome here."

He added: "Holly was a very happy child. She enjoyed her lessons. She enjoyed being with her playmates and she enjoyed being part of the St John's Primary school community."

Forensic officers are still at the spot where the bodies were discovered and the road in and out of the village where the Fallons lived has been closed by police.

A formal identification of the bodies and post mortem examinations are expected to be carried out this afternoon.

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