A teenager, who was due to appear in court in connection with the death of a 13-year-old Irvine school girl, has been freed by prosecutors.

Irvine Royal pupil Grace Handling was found dead at a house in Arran Place on June 29 this year.

Her father, Stewart Handling has since confirmed the teenager had taken ecstasy.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.

However prosecutors ordered his release before he appeared in the dock, but said the case is still active.

Grace died on the last day of school, and police conformed the cause of death was intoxication by MDMA.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Office said: “The procurator fiscal received a report concerning a 17-year-old boy in connection with alleged offences between June 28 and 29, 2018.

“The accused was liberated from custody and did not appear in court.

“The case against him remains live and under consideration.”