Kylie Minogue’s rosé wine sells out after surprise release

You should be so lucky! Kylie Minogue’s rosé wine sells out as it hits supermarkets after surprise release… leaving fans desperate to buy a bottle

Kylie Minogue quietly released her own brand of rosé wine last week. 

Fans were shocked to discover bottles of her Kylie branded booze in select Tesco supermarkets across the UK, causing some stores to briefly sell out. 

The Australian pop princess, 51, is yet to officially announce the unexpected new venture, following rumours she was ‘in discussions with vineyards’ in March.  

Surprise! Kylie Minogue released her own brand of rosé wine last week, leaving fans shocked to find bottles in select Tesco supermarkets across the UK. Pictured: Kylie on April 24, 2018

Tesco is selling Kylie Minogue Rosé Wine for £9 ($17 AUD) a bottle. 

It is currently unclear if it will be released in other supermarkets or internationally. Daily Mail Australia has contacted Kylie’s management for comment. 

Lucky fans that have managed to track down a bottle have been praising the dry and fruity beverage on Twitter, as others ask which branches it is stocked in.

You should be so lucky... to buy one! Tesco is selling Kylie Minogue Rosé Wine for £9 ($17 AUD) a bottle. Many stores briefly sold out last week, leaving fans desperate to buy it

You should be so lucky… to buy one! Tesco is selling Kylie Minogue Rosé Wine for £9 ($17 AUD) a bottle. Many stores briefly sold out last week, leaving fans desperate to buy it

Secret release! The Australian pop princess, 51, is yet to officially announce the unexpected new venture, following rumours she was 'in discussions with vineyards' in March

Secret release! The Australian pop princess, 51, is yet to officially announce the unexpected new venture, following rumours she was 'in discussions with vineyards' in March

Secret release! The Australian pop princess, 51, is yet to officially announce the unexpected new venture, following rumours she was ‘in discussions with vineyards’ in March

‘Like we needed an excuse to drink more wine,’ joked one fan, sharing a picture of two bottles of Kylie’s wine on a supermarket shelf. 

Another fan tweeted Kylie directly to tell her it was the ‘best rosé wine ever’. 

One amused person questioned: ‘Why does Kylie Minogue have her own range of wine? 2020 is so random’.

'Best rosé wine ever': Lucky fans that have managed to track down a bottle have been praising the dry and fruity beverage on Twitter

‘Best rosé wine ever’: Lucky fans that have managed to track down a bottle have been praising the dry and fruity beverage on Twitter

A source told The Sun in March of the venture: ‘[Kylie] is working with her team to make it happen and is in discussions with lots of vineyards to find the perfect wines.  

‘Kylie has loads of adult fans and it feels like a good fit for her to put her name to a wine which is sophisticated but fun, just like her.

‘She has been working on it for some time but is hoping she will finally be able to put it out there later this year as a treat for all of her fans.’

In 2017, the pop star successfully blocked Kylie Jenner from trademarking the name ‘Kylie’ in America for ‘advertising services’ and ‘endorsement services’.  

Merchandise: A source told The Sun in March, 'Kylie has loads of adult fans and it feels like a good fit for her to put her name to a wine which is sophisticated but fun, just like her'

Merchandise: A source told The Sun in March, ‘Kylie has loads of adult fans and it feels like a good fit for her to put her name to a wine which is sophisticated but fun, just like her’ 



Tesco stocks white eggs for the first time in more than 40 years to meet unprecedented demand

Crack in fashion! Tesco stocks white eggs for the first time in more than 40 years after huge rise in demand

  • Fresh eggs sales have risen sharply in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak 
  • Tesco has seen demand for the versatile food rocket by 30 per cent year on year 
  • White eggs are used by restaurants and fast food chains like McDonald’s
  • The eggs will cost the same on Tesco shelves as their brown egg equivalent 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

White eggs normally used by restaurants and fast food chains are making a surprise comeback at Tesco following a successful trial.

Its reintroduction marks the first time the supermarket has sold the white shelled free-range eggs in more than 40 years in order to meet unprecedented demand for eggs from shoppers, while also helping to support suppliers and avoid waste.

Fresh eggs sales have risen dramatically in the UK since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and were even sold out during the consumer stockpiling phase that characterised the period immediately before lockdown was brought in.

With more people cooking and eating at home and the number of home-bakers soaring since the pandemic started, Tesco has seen demand for the versatile food – which is high in protein – rocket by 30 per cent year on year. 

The eggs – which are used in McDonald’s breakfast McMuffins – will cost the same as the brown free-range equivalent, starting from 89p for a box of six medium eggs and £1.69 per dozen.

White eggs are on the comeback trail after Tesco announced they will return to shelves after more than 40 years due to the unprecedented demand for the product

Jean-Paul Michalski, the director of Noble Foods, who are supplying the UK’s largest retailer with the white eggs, said: ‘Generally our white eggs are sold to a very large global restaurant chain which unfortunately had to close its doors because of the pandemic.

‘They are also used within egg processing where the egg is broken into a liquid to be used for food manufacturers, hotel or restaurants.

‘None of our standard retail customers stock white eggs so we are really grateful to Tesco for stepping in and helping us out as the white eggs would have gone to waste.’

With more people cooking and eating at home since the coronavirus pandemic started, Tesco has seen demand for eggs rocket by 30 per cent year on year

With more people cooking and eating at home since the coronavirus pandemic started, Tesco has seen demand for eggs rocket by 30 per cent year on year

Until the early 1970s white eggs – which are generally medium-sized – were popular in the UK.

WHY ARE BROWN EGGS MORE POPULAR THAN WHITE EGGS? 

Up until the early 1970s white eggs – which are generally medium sized – were popular in the UK but they fell out of favour by the end of the decade when shoppers began switching to the brown variety which tend to be larger.

The move was mainly due to misconceptions back in the late 1970s that white eggs were of lower quality and even that they were bleached which has now been rebuffed.

Since the 1980s, the UK industry has produced nearly 100 per cent brown shelled eggs for high street retailers. 

As a result, there are now just an estimated 250,000-300,000 white-egg laying flocks of the 40m egg-laying birds. 

The most popular chicken breeds that only lay white eggs include the White Leghorn, Andalusian, Polish chicken, Ancona, Egyptian Fayoumis, Hamburg and California

However, by the end of the decade they had fallen out of favour when consumers converted to the brown variety, which were larger and seen as healthier.

Since the 1980s, the UK industry has produced nearly 100 per cent brown shelled eggs for high street retailers. 

As a result of this switch, there are now very few white egg-laying flocks in the UK; down to an estimated 250,000-300,000 of the 40m egg-laying birds. 

Tesco eggs buying manager Megan Kilby said: ‘The initial trial during the lockdown has been a success and we will now be stocking white free range eggs for the first time in more than 40 years.

‘These eggs are used throughout the restaurant industry so shoppers can be assured of their quality.

‘The move could also have a massive agricultural benefit as white hens are more docile than brown ones and lay eggs for longer and more reliably too.’  

Britons spent £88m on fresh eggs as they stockpiled staple foods in the four weeks preceding the UK’s initial lockdown, according to data from the British Egg Industry Council. 

During the four weeks leading to the week ending 22 March, an estimated 621 million eggs were sold – which amounts to nearly 20 per cent more than the same time last year when 518m eggs worth £74million were sold.

There are only an estimated 250,000 - 300,000 white egg laying birds left in the UK after consumers converted to brown eggs at the end of the 1970s

There are only an estimated 250,000 – 300,000 white egg laying birds left in the UK after consumers converted to brown eggs at the end of the 1970s



Married couple arrested over death of Louise Smith, 16, as police confirm body is missing teenager 

A married couple arrested over the death of 16-year-old Louise Smith are pictured for the first time, after a body found in a Hampshire woodland was confirmed as hers.

The teenager, from the Leigh Park area, was reported missing on VE Day earlier this month, with her body discovered in Havant Thicket, a dense woodland, on Thursday.

A forensic team continue to search the home of Shane and Chazlynn Jayne Mays, (known as Cjay), both 29, in Havant, Hampshire, where Miss Smith had been staying with her cousin Mrs May after allegedly being placed there by social services, reports The Sun. 

The couple were arrested on May 15 on suspicion of kidnapping, a week before police raided their home on Friday – they have been released on bail.

A forensic team search the home of Shane and Chazlynn Jayne Mays (pictured), known as Cjay, both 29, in Havant, Hampshire, where Miss Smith had been staying with cousin Mrs May 

Hampshire Police said formal identification procedures of the body had been completed and that the teenager’s family had been informed – and were being supported by specialist officers.

Investigating forensic officers were photographed taking items including carpet and clothes from the Mays’ flat in Leigh Park, Hampshire.

Mr May’s sister Cassie Rawlinson, who lives in nearby Portsmouth, Hampshire, told The Sun last night: ‘Shane took her in because he is kind like that. I don’t think it was the first time she had stayed there either. Shane is lovely and he helps anyone out. They’re both nice people and always help people who need it. 

Adding: ‘They were the ones looking after the girl, they were the ones who reported her missing and contacted her mum, they were the ones who put it on social media asking everyone else.’ 

Mourners were seen laying flowers at the woodland site a mile where Miss Smith’s body was discovered, a mile and a half from the Mays’ home.

Police have confirmed a body found in Hampshire woodland was that of 16-year-old Louise Smith

Police have confirmed a body found in Hampshire woodland was that of 16-year-old Louise Smith

The teenager's last reported sighting was around midday on May 8 on Somborne Drive

Forensic officers spent the day sifting through the first floor property belonging to the 29-year-old woman and her husband in Havant, Hampshire

The teenager’s last reported sighting was around midday on May 8 on Somborne Drive

The teenager, who vanished on May 8, was described by family friends as a ‘charming young girl who had her whole life ahead of her’.  

Devastated members of the community said Louise was ‘just your typical teenager’ as they laid flowers at a woodland site, twenty five bouquets of flowers have now been laid at the entrance.

Eyewitnesses say that Louise was last seen at a skatepark around two miles from her home on May 8, the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

Police officers were seen carrying items out of the Mays' property in Leigh Park, Hampshire, after a body was found in nearby woodlands in the search for 16-year-old Louise Smith

Police officers were seen carrying items out of the property in Leigh Park, Hampshire, after a body was found in nearby woodlands in the search for 16-year-old Louise Smith

On Thursday, Hampshire Police confirmed that a body had been found in nearby woodland and said they were in the process of identifying who it was

On Thursday, Hampshire Police confirmed that a body had been found in nearby woodland and said they were in the process of identifying who it was

Police were investigating her disappearance today as they searched a property.  

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away.   

Family friend Jackie Meredith today laid a bouquet and described Louise as ‘girly’ and urged police to get to the bottom of the investigation. 

Mrs Meredith said: ‘She was a really lovely young girl and her family were lovely too.

‘She was just your typical teenager, she was a bubbly and funny girl. You could chat to her easily, she was a charming young girl and was always friendly to people.

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away from Leigh Park. Pictured: An investigating officer takes items from a property

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away from Leigh Park. Pictured: An investigating officer takes items from a property 

Investigating Special Forensic Service officers were seen putting items into a marked police  van parked outside

Investigating Special Forensic Service officers were seen putting items into a marked police  van parked outside

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

‘She was very popular and had lots of friends, she had a large circle of them. She was a bit girly like teenage girls are, I really can’t express how lovely she was.

‘What has happened is disgusting, it’s just so sad. I really hope the police find out what happened to her, whatever it was.

‘We need to know, we all need to know as we live here. Her parents of course need to know, but we as a community need to know.

‘It is all such a shame… She had her whole life ahead of her.

I just hope the police find out what has happened and who done it.’ 

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Pictured: Police carry out bagged items from a home in Leigh Park, Hampshire

Pictured: Police carry out bagged items from a home in Leigh Park, Hampshire

A neighbour said: ‘On VE Day I saw a red van outside the flats and a girl getting into it with bundles of clothes. I reported this to police as it didn’t feel right.

‘I can’t say if it was definitely her but it was a girl around her age.’ 

Another local said: ‘Louise had been suffering from depression lately and had apparently been bullied at school.’  

Last Friday police started searching the Mays’ house. 

‘They were there all throughout last weekend,’ a resident said. 

Forensic officers were pictured at work at a property they searched in Leigh Park

Forensic officers were pictured at work at a property they searched in Leigh Park

Louise Smith's friend Mandy Fernando (pictured) leaves flowers outside Havant Thicket in Hampshire, where the 16-year-old's body was found on Thursday

Louise Smith’s friend Mandy Fernando (pictured) leaves flowers outside Havant Thicket in Hampshire, where the 16-year-old’s body was found on Thursday

A police officer enters the property in Leigh Park after a body was found in woodlands

A police officer enters the property in Leigh Park after a body was found in woodlands

Mandy Fernando has known the 16-year-old since she was a little girl.

She laid flowers at the entrance to Havant Thicket in Hampshire where police discovered a body believed to be Louise’s.

Mandy described Louise as a lovely girl with a heart of gold. ‘The community is devastated, sad, shocked,’ Mandy said. ‘I can’t speak for everybody but when anyone hears of a young person, whoever it may be, it’s very sad.’

Louise’s neighbour John Singleton said he saw the girl on the day she went missing.

‘She just went out walking, I didn’t know where she was going. It’s very sad, the outcome is the saddest, for a while we had some hope.’ 

Specialist forensic officers have been seen taking 'bag loads' of items including carpet and clothing from the flat in Havant

Specialist forensic officers have been seen taking ‘bag loads’ of items including carpet and clothing from the flat in Havant

Police (pictured today) found a body in woodland during the hunt for Louise yesterday and confirmed they are treating it as suspicious

Police (pictured today) found a body in woodland during the hunt for Louise yesterday and confirmed they are treating it as suspicious

It also emerged yesterday that Louise’s mother wrote on Facebook the day before police found a body how frustrated she was not being able to look for her daughter.

She wrote on Wednesday night: ‘I want to scream from the rooftops that I want to be looking everywhere. I have been told not to go searching the Thicket and Leigh Park Gardens, any search must be away from there.’ 

Police have issued a CCTV image showing Louise leaving a Tesco store on the evening before she disappeared.

An eyewitness said she had gone to the supermarket twice, once with another person earlier in the afternoon and then on her own in the evening.

He said: ‘I saw Louise enter Tesco in the afternoon and then I saw her later in the day on her own buying a bag of ice.’

Police released a CCTV image of the teenager visiting a Tesco store in Greywell Road on May 7

Police released a CCTV image of the teenager visiting a Tesco store in Greywell Road on May 7



Police identify body found in woods as belonging to Louise Smith, 16

Police have confirmed that a body found in Hampshire woodland on Thursday is that of 16-year-old Louise Smith.

The teenager, from the Leigh Park area, was reported missing on VE Day earlier this month.

Hampshire Police said formal identification procedures had been completed and that the teenager’s family had been informed – and were being supported by specialist officers.

Forensic officers spent the day sifting through the first floor property belonging to the 29-year-old woman and her husband in Havant, Hampshire

Police have confirmed a body found in Hampshire woodland was that of 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mourners were today laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith. 

Today the teenager, who vanished on May 8, was described by family friends as a ‘charming young girl who had her whole life ahead of her’. 

Investigating forensic officers have also been photographed taking items from a flat in Leigh Park, Hampshire, where Louise was believed to be staying with a married couple, both 29.

Devastated members of the community said Louise was ‘just your typical teenager’ as they laid flowers at a woodland site where a body was found.  

Twenty five bouquets of flowers have now been laid at the entrance to Havant Thicket, a dense woodland where the body was found. 

The floral tributes are being laid just under two miles from Louise’s home, and the address where she was staying before her disappearance.

Eyewitnesses say that Louise was last seen at a skatepark around two miles from her home on May 8, the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

Police officers were seen carrying items out of a property in Leigh Park, Hampshire, after a body was found in nearby woodlands in the search for 16-year-old Louise Smith

Police officers were seen carrying items out of a property in Leigh Park, Hampshire, after a body was found in nearby woodlands in the search for 16-year-old Louise Smith

On Thursday, Hampshire Police confirmed that a body had been found in nearby woodland and said they were in the process of identifying who it was

On Thursday, Hampshire Police confirmed that a body had been found in nearby woodland and said they were in the process of identifying who it was

Police are investigating her disappearance today as they search a flat belonging to a married couple where Louise had been living. 

Forensic officers have been sifting through the first floor property belonging to the 29-year-old woman and her husband in Havant. According to a friend, Louise had been under their care before she vanished.

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away, where officers were understood to be looking for a ‘pair of trainers and petrol’.   

Family friend Jackie Meredith today laid a bouquet and described Louise as ‘girly’ and urged police to get to the bottom of the investigation.

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away from Leigh Park. Pictured: An investigating officer takes items from the Leigh Park property

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away from Leigh Park. Pictured: An investigating officer takes items from the Leigh Park property 

Investigating Special Forensic Service officers were seen putting items from a Leigh Park property into a marked police  van parked outside

Investigating Special Forensic Service officers were seen putting items from a Leigh Park property into a marked police  van parked outside

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mrs Meredith said: ‘She was a really lovely young girl and her family were lovely too.

‘She was just your typical teenager, she was a bubbly and funny girl. You could chat to her easily, she was a charming young girl and was always friendly to people.

‘She was very popular and had lots of friends, she had a large circle of them. She was a bit girly like teenage girls are, I really can’t express how lovely she was.

‘What has happened is disgusting, it’s just so sad. I really hope the police find out what happened to her, whatever it was.

‘We need to know, we all need to know as we live here. Her parents of course need to know, but we as a community need to know.

‘It is all such a shame… She had her whole life ahead of her.

I just hope the police find out what has happened and who done it.’ 

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Pictured: A map showing the whereabouts of Louise Smith prior to police discovering a body

Pictured: A map showing the whereabouts of Louise Smith prior to police discovering a body

According to a family friend, Louise had been under thee care of a couple before she went missing. Pictured: Police carry out bagged items from a home in Leigh Park, Hampshire

According to a family friend, Louise had been under thee care of a couple before she went missing. Pictured: Police carry out bagged items from a home in Leigh Park, Hampshire

A 29-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap but were later released on bail.

Louise is said to have been experiencing problems at home with her mother, Rebecca Cooper, who lives a five-minute walk away from the flat where the teenager is said to have been staying with the married couple. 

A neighbour said: ‘On VE Day I saw a red van outside the flats and a girl getting into it with bundles of clothes. I reported this to police as it didn’t feel right.

‘I can’t say if it was definitely her but it was a girl around her age.’

Another local said: ‘Louise had been suffering from depression lately and had apparently been bullied at school.

‘She had an on-off boyfriend who himself had something of a troubled past. I’m not sure that he got on well with Louise’s mum. 

‘She spent a lot of time with this couple as a result. I think she had been living in that flat before she went missing.’

Forensic officers were pictured at work at the home they searched in Leigh Park

Forensic officers were pictured at work at the home they searched in Leigh Park

Louise Smith's friend Mandy Fernando (pictured) leaves flowers outside Havant Thicket in Hampshire, where the 16-year-old's body was found on Thursday

Louise Smith’s friend Mandy Fernando (pictured) leaves flowers outside Havant Thicket in Hampshire, where the 16-year-old’s body was found on Thursday

It was suggested Louise may have been staying in the flat after she fell out with mother Rebecca Cooper (pictured), 39, over boyfriend troubles

It was suggested Louise may have been staying in the flat after she fell out with mother Rebecca Cooper (pictured), 39, over boyfriend troubles

A resident living below the flat being searched by police told how the couple were led out by police in handcuffs on May 15.

He said: ‘I let the officers in. A short while later they emerged with the occupants of the flat upstairs and took them outside in handcuffs.’

A neighbour told police how he seemed ‘perfectly normal’, saying: ‘I told the officers that he was here sometime between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on May 8. 

‘The house is where his mum and sisters all live and where he himself used to live before he got married.  I asked how he was and he seemed perfectly fine, he didn’t look as though he was worried about anything.

‘She was placed in their care for the second time because she’d been having some issues with her mum. Last Friday police started searching the house. 

‘They were there all throughout last weekend. At first they were apparently looking for a mobile phone and then a phone SIM card. 

‘They later took what looked like some electrical items away.

‘ I understand they are now looking for a pair of trainers and some petrol.

‘The lady and her daughters who live there are nice people. I think it’s the woman’s son who the police are interested in.’ 

A police officer enters the property in Leigh Park after a body was found in woodlands

A police officer enters the property in Leigh Park after a body was found in woodlands

Mandy Fernando has known the 16-year-old since she was a little girl.

She laid flowers at the entrance to Havant Thicket in Hampshire where police discovered a body believed to be Louise’s.

Mandy described Louise as a lovely girl with a heart of gold. ‘The community is devastated, sad, shocked,’ Mandy said. ‘I can’t speak for everybody but when anyone hears of a young person, whoever it may be, it’s very sad.’

Louise’s neighbour John Singleton said he saw the girl on the day she went missing.

‘She just went out walking, I didn’t know where she was going. It’s very sad, the outcome is the saddest, for a while we had some hope.’ 

Specialist forensic officers have been seen taking 'bag loads' of items including carpet and clothing from the flat in Havant

Specialist forensic officers have been seen taking ‘bag loads’ of items including carpet and clothing from the flat in Havant

Police (pictured today) found a body in woodland during the hunt for Louise yesterday and confirmed they are treating it as suspicious

Police (pictured today) found a body in woodland during the hunt for Louise yesterday and confirmed they are treating it as suspicious

The teenager's last reported sighting was around midday on May 8 on Somborne Drive

The teenager’s last reported sighting was around midday on May 8 on Somborne Drive

It also emerged yesterday that Louise’s mother wrote on Facebook the day before police found a body how frustrated she was not being able to look for her daughter.

She wrote on Wednesday night: ‘I want to scream from the rooftops that I want to be looking everywhere. I have been told not to go searching the Thicket and Leigh Park Gardens, any search must be away from there.’ 

Police have issued a CCTV image showing Louise leaving a Tesco store on the evening before she disappeared.

An eyewitness said she had gone to the supermarket twice, once with her cousin’s husband earlier in the afternoon and then on her own in the evening.

He said: ‘I saw Louise enter Tesco with another man, her cousin’s husband, in the afternoon and then I saw her later in the day on her own buying a bag of ice.’

Police released a CCTV image of the teenager visiting a Tesco store in Greywell Road on May 7

Police released a CCTV image of the teenager visiting a Tesco store in Greywell Road on May 7



Police carry bags of clothes and a carpet from flat where Louise Smith, 16, was last staying

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith. 

Today the teenager, who vanished on May 8, was described by family friends as a ‘charming young girl who had her whole life ahead of her’. 

Investigating forensic officers have also been photographed taking items from a flat in Leigh Park, Hampshire, where Louise was believed to be staying with a married couple, both 29.

Devastated members of the community said Louise was ‘just your typical teenager’ as they laid flowers at a woodland site where a body was found. 

Hampshire Police told MailOnline today that the body is yet to be formally identified. 

Twenty five bouquets of flowers have now been laid at the entrance to Havant Thicket, a dense woodland where the body was found. 

The floral tributes are being laid just under two miles from Louise’s home, and the address where she was staying before her disappearance.

Eyewitnesses say that Louise was last seen at a skatepark around two miles from her home on May 8, the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

Police officers were seen carrying items out of a property in Leigh Park, Hampshire, after a body was found in nearby woodlands in the search for 16-year-old Louise Smith

Police investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Louise Smith were today searching a flat belonging to a married couple where she had been living

Forensic officers spent the day sifting through the first floor property belonging to the 29-year-old woman and her husband in Havant, Hampshire

Police investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Louise Smith were today searching a flat belonging to a married couple where she had been living

On Thursday, Hampshire Police confirmed that a body had been found in nearby woodland and said they were in the process of identifying who it was

On Thursday, Hampshire Police confirmed that a body had been found in nearby woodland and said they were in the process of identifying who it was

Police are investigating her disappearance today as they search a flat belonging to a married couple where Louise had been living. 

Forensic officers have been sifting through the first floor property belonging to the 29-year-old woman and her husband in Havant. According to a friend, Louise had been under their care before she vanished.

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away, where officers were understood to be looking for a ‘pair of trainers and petrol’.   

Family friend Jackie Meredith today laid a bouquet and described Louise as ‘girly’ and urged police to get to the bottom of the investigation.

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away from Leigh Park. Pictured: An investigating officer takes items from the Leigh Park property

Police also searched another property, a semi-detached house a mile away from Leigh Park. Pictured: An investigating officer takes items from the Leigh Park property 

Investigating Special Forensic Service officers were seen putting items from a Leigh Park property into a marked police  van parked outside

Investigating Special Forensic Service officers were seen putting items from a Leigh Park property into a marked police  van parked outside

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mrs Meredith said: ‘She was a really lovely young girl and her family were lovely too.

‘She was just your typical teenager, she was a bubbly and funny girl. You could chat to her easily, she was a charming young girl and was always friendly to people.

‘She was very popular and had lots of friends, she had a large circle of them. She was a bit girly like teenage girls are, I really can’t express how lovely she was.

‘What has happened is disgusting, it’s just so sad. I really hope the police find out what happened to her, whatever it was.

‘We need to know, we all need to know as we live here. Her parents of course need to know, but we as a community need to know.

‘It is all such a shame… She had her whole life ahead of her.

I just hope the police find out what has happened and who done it.’ 

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Mourners have been laying flowers at the site where a body was discovered in Hampshire during the search for missing 16-year-old Louise Smith

Pictured: A map showing the whereabouts of Louise Smith prior to police discovering a body

Pictured: A map showing the whereabouts of Louise Smith prior to police discovering a body

According to a family friend, Louise had been under thee care of a couple before she went missing. Pictured: Police carry out bagged items from a home in Leigh Park, Hampshire

According to a family friend, Louise had been under thee care of a couple before she went missing. Pictured: Police carry out bagged items from a home in Leigh Park, Hampshire

A 29-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap but were later released on bail.

Louise is said to have been experiencing problems at home with her mother, Rebecca Cooper, who lives a five-minute walk away from the flat where the teenager is said to have been staying with the married couple. 

A neighbour said: ‘On VE Day I saw a red van outside the flats and a girl getting into it with bundles of clothes. I reported this to police as it didn’t feel right.

‘I can’t say if it was definitely her but it was a girl around her age.’

Another local said: ‘Louise had been suffering from depression lately and had apparently been bullied at school.

‘She had an on-off boyfriend who himself had something of a troubled past. I’m not sure that he got on well with Louise’s mum. 

‘She spent a lot of time with this couple as a result. I think she had been living in that flat before she went missing.’

Forensic officers were pictured at work at the home they searched in Leigh Park

Forensic officers were pictured at work at the home they searched in Leigh Park

Louise Smith's friend Mandy Fernando (pictured) leaves flowers outside Havant Thicket in Hampshire, where the 16-year-old's body was found on Thursday

Louise Smith’s friend Mandy Fernando (pictured) leaves flowers outside Havant Thicket in Hampshire, where the 16-year-old’s body was found on Thursday

It was suggested Louise may have been staying in the flat after she fell out with mother Rebecca Cooper (pictured), 39, over boyfriend troubles

It was suggested Louise may have been staying in the flat after she fell out with mother Rebecca Cooper (pictured), 39, over boyfriend troubles

A resident living below the flat being searched by police told how the couple were led out by police in handcuffs on May 15.

He said: ‘I let the officers in. A short while later they emerged with the occupants of the flat upstairs and took them outside in handcuffs.’

A neighbour told police how he seemed ‘perfectly normal’, saying: ‘I told the officers that he was here sometime between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on May 8. 

‘The house is where his mum and sisters all live and where he himself used to live before he got married.  I asked how he was and he seemed perfectly fine, he didn’t look as though he was worried about anything.

‘She was placed in their care for the second time because she’d been having some issues with her mum. Last Friday police started searching the house. 

‘They were there all throughout last weekend. At first they were apparently looking for a mobile phone and then a phone SIM card. 

‘They later took what looked like some electrical items away.

‘ I understand they are now looking for a pair of trainers and some petrol.

‘The lady and her daughters who live there are nice people. I think it’s the woman’s son who the police are interested in.’ 

A police officer enters the property in Leigh Park after a body was found in woodlands

A police officer enters the property in Leigh Park after a body was found in woodlands

Mandy Fernando has known the 16-year-old since she was a little girl.

She laid flowers at the entrance to Havant Thicket in Hampshire where police discovered a body believed to be Louise’s.

Mandy described Louise as a lovely girl with a heart of gold. ‘The community is devastated, sad, shocked,’ Mandy said. ‘I can’t speak for everybody but when anyone hears of a young person, whoever it may be, it’s very sad.’

Louise’s neighbour John Singleton said he saw the girl on the day she went missing.

‘She just went out walking, I didn’t know where she was going. It’s very sad, the outcome is the saddest, for a while we had some hope.’ 

Specialist forensic officers have been seen taking 'bag loads' of items including carpet and clothing from the flat in Havant

Specialist forensic officers have been seen taking ‘bag loads’ of items including carpet and clothing from the flat in Havant

Police (pictured today) found a body in woodland during the hunt for Louise yesterday and confirmed they are treating it as suspicious

Police (pictured today) found a body in woodland during the hunt for Louise yesterday and confirmed they are treating it as suspicious

The teenager's last reported sighting was around midday on May 8 on Somborne Drive

The teenager’s last reported sighting was around midday on May 8 on Somborne Drive

It also emerged yesterday that Louise’s mother wrote on Facebook the day before police found a body how frustrated she was not being able to look for her daughter.

She wrote on Wednesday night: ‘I want to scream from the rooftops that I want to be looking everywhere. I have been told not to go searching the Thicket and Leigh Park Gardens, any search must be away from there.’ 

Police have issued a CCTV image showing Louise leaving a Tesco store on the evening before she disappeared.

An eyewitness said she had gone to the supermarket twice, once with her cousin’s husband earlier in the afternoon and then on her own in the evening.

He said: ‘I saw Louise enter Tesco with another man, her cousin’s husband, in the afternoon and then I saw her later in the day on her own buying a bag of ice.’

Police released a CCTV image of the teenager visiting a Tesco store in Greywell Road on May 7

Police released a CCTV image of the teenager visiting a Tesco store in Greywell Road on May 7