Boy, 14 years old, is being held in secure custody after being charged in court with the murder of Ava White (12), who was knife-attacked at Liverpool’s Christmas lights switch on.

  • Ava White (12 years old) died of stab wounds following an attack in Liverpool.
  • For legal reasons, Boy, 14 years old, was charged with Murder 
  • Trois other teenage boys were detained between 13 and 15. They have all been released. 

A schoolboy was charged in the killing of Ava White, 12, in Liverpool’s city centre.

Ava was in London with her friends following the switch on of Christmas lights. She suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an attack at 8.39pm. Merseyside police said.

A 14-year-old boy from Liverpool was arrested Monday and charged with murder as well as possessing a bladed object.

For the five-minute hearing, the youth was dressed in a grey tracksuit.

Thomas Hanlon, the prosecutor, requested for the case sent to Liverpool Crown Court. The defendant was remanded to youth detention facilities until then.

Wendy Lloyd, District Judge: “Because it is a case of murder, it must go to the Crown Court. That is the only place where murder cases can be prosecuted.

Ava White, 12, died from stab wounds after being attacked in Liverpool last week

 Ava White, 12, died from stab wounds after being attacked in Liverpool last week

Police arrested four schoolboys in the Toxteth area of the city but are still searching for clues

Four schoolboys were arrested by police in Toxteth, but they are still looking for clues

“I have sent the document to the crown court on Wednesday morning.

“Between now, and then, you will be kept in secure accommodations.”

The investigation continues with the arrest of three more boys between the ages 13-15.

Police said that Ava, who was described as popular and bright, got into a verbal argument which turned into an “assault against her with a knife”.

Ava White's devastated family yesterday released this photograph of her after she was killed

Yesterday, Ava White’s family released this photo of Ava after her death.

Police at the scene in Liverpool city centre after 12-year-old Ava died last week

Liverpool police respond to the death of Ava (12 years old) last week.

According to the police, the intruders fled up School Lane, Hanover Street, and Fleet Street shortly after the incident.

Ava died soon after she was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by paramedics.

People who paid tribute to the Queen have left flowers and balloons in Church Street.

A photo was released by police on Saturday showing a van believed to have been taken in the act of violence.

Police have asked people not to make comments or post personal details on social networks.

Sue Coombs Detective Superintendent is the lead investigator.

Ms Coombs urged anyone who captured the incident or aftermath to send images or footage to the force online at: