It is with great sadness that we substantiate that a 12-year-old girl, Ava White, has perished following an incident in Liverpool city center the previous night (Thursday, 26 November).
Four males – one aged 13, two aged 14 years, and one aged 15 years, all from Toxteth have been caught on suspicion of killing.
Officers were called at nearly 8.39 pm to report an assault.
When officers reached they found that Ava, who had been with friends, collapsed on the floor, and a member of the public who noticed the occurrence was giving first aid.
Paramedics attended the spectacle and Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where sadly she perished a short time later despite the best efforts of medical faculty.
A Home Office post mortem will be carried out to ascertain the reason for death.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy, said: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ava’s family, who are being supported by specialist Family Liaison officers. Their world has been ripped apart and no parent should ever have to confront that knock on the door from police officers to say that their child has perished.
“We believe that Ava and her friends had been involved in a verbal assertion which ended in Ava being attacked resulting in catastrophic injuries. And we realize that the culprits were then noticed to run up School Lane across Hanover Street and onto Fleet Street.
“We have caught four males aged, one aged 13 years, two aged 14 years and one aged 16 from Toxteth, on suspicion of killing and they are now being questioned at police stations on Merseyside.
“Liverpool City Centre was very busy at the time of the occurrence as the lights on the Christmas tree on Church Street had been officially switched on a short while earlier and we would request to anyone who was on Church Street who saw the incident, or may even have captured it on their cell phone, to come forward.
“Anyone who observed the incident, or may even have filmed the incident, or who has data which could assist us with our investigations, is asked to DM @MerPolCC, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook’ or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 of 25 November.
“There will be more officers in the city over the coming days and in the run-up to Christmas who will be giving noticeable reassurance to those who live, work and visit the city.
“Ava’s demise should be a reminder to us all about the part that we each have to play in eliminating riot against women and girls.
“Ava perished on White Ribbon Day which is a global movement to end violence against women, and yesterday partners from around the city joined together to mark the day, which is also the beginning of 16 days of activity formulated to raise awareness of VAWG and indicate how we are working together to make certain that VAWG is something that should not be allowed in any society.”
He added: “A substantial cordon stays in place at the scene (which includes Williamson Square, Tarleton Street, Church Street, Church Alley, School Lane crossing over Hanover Street onto Fleet Street) whilst forensic specialists proceed their examinations. We will endeavor to release the spectacle as quickly as is practically possible, but we would ask members of the public for their understanding and patience whilst our inquiries are being carried out so that we can bring justice for Ava and her family.”
Any pictures or mobile phone/CCTV footage can be sent instantly to the investigation team via the following link: