After an attack in Liverpool City Centre, a 12-year-old girl died. Four schoolboys were also arrested on suspicion of murder.
Merseyside police said that Ava White sustained ‘catastrophic injury’ after an attack following a verbal dispute in the city around 8.39pm. This was shortly before the switch off of the Christmas lights.
According to the force, four boys aged 13 and 14, one 14-year-old and one fifteen-year old were arrested for suspicion of murder.
Police arrived on the scene to find Ava with her friends collapsed and was given first aid by a member the public.
The paramedics arrived and took her to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She died shortly after.
Jon Roy, assistant chief constable said that “Our condolences and thoughts go out to Ava’s family. Specialist family liaison officers are supporting them.”
“Their world is broken and they should never have to confront the police officer knocking at their door to inform them that their child has passed away.”
Ava White was subject to ‘catastrophic injury’ during an assault in Liverpool’s city centre last night.
Ava, who was apparently in a fight after the switching on of Christmas lights in the city, died.
“We think that Ava and her friends were involved in a verbal argument, which led to Ava being attacked, resulting in severe injuries.
“And we know that they were seen running up School Lane, across Hanover Street, and onto Fleet Street.
“We arrested four men aged between 13 and 14 years old, and two older brothers aged 14 and 15 years from Toxteth on suspicion of murder. They are being interrogated at Merseyside police stations.
The Liverpool City Centre was busy during the incident because the Christmas lights at Church Street had just been switched on. Therefore, we appeal to any person who may have witnessed it or possibly captured it using their cell phone to get in touch with us.
The murder of four boys, two 13-year-olds and one 14-year-old were the motives behind their arrest.
To determine the cause of death, a Home Office post-mortem will be performed.
Roy stated that a cordon was in place on the spot, including Williamson Square and Tarleton Street. Church Street, Church Street, Church Alley, School Lane, Church Alley, Church Alley. Meanwhile, forensic investigators continue to examine.
“We will try to release the scene within the shortest time possible. However, we request that the public be patient and understanding while we conduct our investigations so we can do justice for Ava’s family and friends.
Merseyside Police stated there will be more officers in the City in the coming days, and during the Christmas period to offer reassurance.
Police appealed for anyone witnessing the incident, or who may have captured it on film to get in touch with them on Twitter @MerPolCC via Merseyside Police Contact Centre (on Facebook) or by calling Crimestoppers at 0800 555 112 with reference 0899 from November 25.