A 12-year-old girl has been stabbed to death in Liverpool city center.
Merseyside Police said Ava White suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an assault following a verbal altercation in the city at 6 p.m. 20.39, shortly after the Christmas lights were turned on.
Four boys – one aged 13, two aged 14 and one aged 15 – have been arrested on suspicion of murder, the force said.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Ava, who was with friends, collapsed on the ground and receiving first aid from a member of the public.
Paramedics attended and she was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she died shortly afterwards.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said: “Our thoughts and condolences go to Ava’s family, who are supported by specialist family liaison officers.
“Their world has been torn apart and no parent should ever have to face that knock on the door of police officers to say their child is dead.”
Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester straight to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter
You can sign up very easily by following the instructions here
“We believe that Ava and her friends had been involved in a verbal altercation, which culminated in Ava being assaulted and causing catastrophic injuries.
“And we understand that the offenders were then seen running up School Lane across Hanover Street and on to Fleet Street.
“We have arrested four men of age, one aged 13, two aged 14 and one aged 15 from Toxteth, on suspicion of murder, and they are currently being questioned at police stations on Merseyside.
“Liverpool City Center was very busy at the time of the incident as the lights on the Christmas tree on Church Street had been officially lit shortly before and we would like to appeal to anyone who was on Church Street who saw the incident, or possibly caught it themselves. it on their cell phone to get out. ”
An autopsy must be performed by the Ministry of the Interior to determine the cause of death.
Roy added: “An extensive roadblock is still in place at the site, which includes Williamson Square, Tarleton Street, Church Street, Church Alley, School Lane, which crosses Hanover Street to Fleet Street, while forensic experts continue their investigations.
“We will strive to release the scene as soon as practicable, but we will ask members of the public for their understanding and patience while our investigations are conducted so that we can bring Ava and her family to justice.”
Merseyside Police said there would be additional officers in the city over the coming days and in the time leading up to Christmas to provide security.
Police appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident or could have filmed it, to contact them either on Twitter at @MerPolCC, via the Merseyside Police Contact Center on Facebook or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 on 25. November.