A 12-year-old girl has died after a beating in Liverpool city centre.
A murder investigation has been launched following the death of Ava White. He died on Thursday night while out with friends during the annual switch-on of Christmas tree lights on Church Street.
Merseyside Police said the four men – one aged 13, two aged 14 and one aged 15, have all been arrested from the Toxteth area of Liverpool, Merseyside Police said.
The officers were called at around 8.39 pm on information about the attack.
Upon arrival they found that Ava fell to the ground and a member of the people who witnessed the incident was giving first aid. Paramedics attended and Ava was taken to Elder Hay Children’s Hospital, where she died shortly afterwards.
In a statement, Merseyside Police said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that a 12-year-old girl, Ava White, has died following an incident at Liverpool City Center last night.”
Assistant Chief Constable John Roy said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of Ava, who are being supported by specialist family liaison officers. Their world is in ruins and any parents have to say this to police officers. Let’s not face the knock on the door that their child has died.
“We believe that Ava and her friends were involved in a verbal argument that resulted in Ava being assaulted, causing horrific injuries. And we understand that the perpetrators were seen running down the school lanes on Hanover Street and Fleet Street .
He said four men were being interviewed at police stations in Merseyside.
He added: “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 turned off a while ago and we are looking forward to asking anyone present on Church Street to watch the event. Will appeal. , or maybe even captured it in your mobile phone to come forward.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or even filmed the incident, or who has information that may help us with our inquiries, should DM @MerPolCC, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Center on Facebook’ ‘ or to message @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111. With reference to November 25’s 0899.
“In the days to come and for Christmas the city will have additional officers who will provide visual reassurance to those living, working and visiting the city.
“Ava’s death should be a reminder to all of us about the role we all have to play in ending violence against women and girls.
“Ava died on White Ribbon Day, a global campaign to end violence against women, and yesterday partners across the city joined together to mark the day, raising awareness about VAWG. There is also the beginning of 16 days of activity designed for. [violence against women and girls] Show how we are working together to ensure that VAWG is something that should not be tolerated in any society.”