A 12-year-old girl died of “catastrophic injuries” after an attack immediately after the Christmas lights were turned on in Liverpool – when four schoolchildren aged 13 to 15 were arrested on suspicion of murder
- Ava White suffered “catastrophic injuries” in the attack after turning on the lights
- Merseyside police said there was a verbal altercation before the attack
- Four schoolchildren, aged 13 to 15, were arrested on suspicion of murder
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A 12-year-old girl has died after an attack in downtown Liverpool – four 13-year-old schoolchildren have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Merseyside police said Ava White suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an attack after a verbal altercation in the city at 8:39 p.m., shortly after Christmas the lights came on.
Four boys – one 13-year-old, two 14-year-old and one 15-year-old – were arrested on suspicion of murder, the emergency services said.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Ava, who was with friends, collapsed on the ground and was given first aid by a member of the public.
Rescuers were present and took her to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she soon died.
Assistant Chief of Police Jon Roy said: ‘Our thoughts and condolences go to Ava’s family, backed by specialized family liaison officers.
‘Their world has been torn apart and no parent should ever have to face cops knocking on doors to say their child has died.
Ava White suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ in attack in central Liverpool last night
Flowers near the scene in downtown Liverpool today where 12-year-old Ava White died
Police conduct an investigation near an event in downtown Liverpool after 12-year-old Ava White died
Ava died after an apparent clash after turning on the Christmas lights in the city
We believe that Ava and her friends were involved in a verbal quarrel that culminated in an attack on Ava that caused catastrophic injuries.
“And we understand that the offenders were then spotted running down the school street across Hanover Street and on to Fleet Street.
“On suspicion of murder, we arrested four men, one 13-year-old, two 14-year-old and one 15-year-old, who are currently being questioned at Merseyside police stations.
“Liverpool City Center was very busy at the time of the incident as the lights on the Christmas tree on Church Street were officially turned on some time earlier, so we will appeal to anyone who was on Church Street and saw the incident or maybe even filmed it to your mobile phone to answer. “
Four boys were arrested for the murder – one 13-year-old, two 14-year-old and one 15-year-old.
The Home Office is said to have performed an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Roy added: “An extensive cordon remains at the scene, involving Williamson Square, Tarleton Street, Church Street, Church Alley, School Lane, crossing Hanover Street to Fleet Street, while forensic experts continue to investigate.
“We will strive to vacate the scene as soon as practicable, but would ask residents for understanding and patience while our investigations are ongoing to ensure Avi and her family are held accountable.”
Merseyside police said additional police officers will be available in the city in the coming days and before Christmas to provide reassurance.
Police urged anyone who witnessed the incident or may have filmed it to contact them on Twitter at @MerPolCC, via the Merseyside Police Contact Center on Facebook, or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 of November 25.