Girl, 12, stabbed to death after ‘verbal argument’ with group of boys

Liverpool: Police cordon Church Street following stabbing

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The girl, who has since been named as Ava White, collapsed to the ground after being knifed in Liverpool city centre last night. Emergency services rushed her to hospital but medics were unable to save the youngster.

Four children as young as just 13 have been arrested on suspicion of murder, reports the Liverpool Echo.

It is believed Ava was with friends on the shopping street when a “verbal argument” broke out with a group of boys.

One of the boys is believed to have assaulted the girl.

Today Merseyside Police said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that a 12-year-old girl, Ava White, has died following an incident in Liverpool city centre last night (Thursday, 26 November).

“Four males – one aged 13, two aged 14 years and one aged 15 years, all from Toxteth have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“Officers were called at approximately 8.39pm to reports of an assault.

“When officers arrived they discovered that Ava, who had been with friends, collapsed on the ground and a member of the public who witnessed the incident was giving first aid.

“Paramedics attended at the scene and Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where sadly she died a short time later despite the best efforts of medical staff.”

Police previously said they had responded to reports of a stabbing.

The investigation continues today.

Video taken at the scene early this morning shows the large police cordon remains in place.

The scene is beside several high street shops and other businesses.

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