Police remain at the scene after a girl died in an attack in the city center.
Merseyside Police and North West Ambulance Service turned into Church Street in Liverpool city center around 8.39pm on Thursday 25 November following reports that a girl had been assaulted.
The victim is believed to have been with friends on Church Alley, close to the busy shopping street, when what police described as a “verbal altercation” broke out with a group of boys.
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One of the boys is believed to have assaulted the girl and they are believed to have run away from the scene.
Police confirmed today that the 12-year-old girl, Ava White, died after the incident Thursday night.
The full statement from Merseyside Police said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that a 12-year-old girl, Ava White, has died after an incident in the center of Liverpool last night (Thursday 26 November).
“Four men – one aged 13, two aged 14 and one aged 15, all from Toxteth have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
“The officers were called at about 20.39 for reports of an assault.
“When officers arrived, they discovered that Ava, who had been with friends, had collapsed on the ground, and a member of the public who witnessed the incident was giving first aid.
“Paramedics attended the scene and Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she sadly died shortly afterwards despite the best efforts of medical staff.
“An autopsy will be performed by the Interior Ministry to determine the cause of death.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said: “Our thoughts and condolences go to Ava’s family, who are being supported by specialized family liaison officers. Their world has been torn to pieces and no parent should ever have to meet that knock on the door from the police. officers to say their child is dead.
“We believe that Ava and her friends had been involved in a verbal altercation, which culminated in Ava being assaulted and causing catastrophic damage. 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 a short time earlier 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 ahead.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or perhaps even filmed the incident, or who has information that can help us with our queries, please DM @MerPolCC, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Center on Facebook’ or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 of 25 November.
“There will be additional officers in the city over the coming days and up to Christmas, which will provide a visible sense of security to those who live, work and visit the city.
“Ava’s death should be a reminder to all of us of the role we must each play in eliminating violence against women and girls.
“Ava died on White Ribbon Day, a global campaign to stop violence against women, and yesterday partners from across the city came together to mark the day, which is also the start of a 16-day activity designed to raise awareness about VAWG and show how we work together to ensure that VAWG is something that should not be tolerated in any society. “
He added: “A comprehensive roadblock is still in place (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.”
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