- Ava White, 12, died of stab wounds following an attack in Liverpool last week
- 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with murder tonight
- He has been remanded in custody and will be produced in the magistrate’s court on Monday
- Three other boys in the age group of 13 to 15 who were arrested have been granted conditional bail.
A teenager has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl tonight in Liverpool city centre.
Merseyside Police said Ava White was with friends after the Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday when she suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ in an attack at 8.39pm, Merseyside Police said.
A 14-year-old boy, who could not be named for legal reasons, has now been charged with murder and possession of a bladed object.
Police said that he has been taken on remand to appear in court on Monday.
Three other boys, aged 13 to 15, were also arrested, who have been granted conditional bail as the interrogation continues.
Detective Superintendent Sue Combs said: ‘We are continuing to support Ava’s family and have requested that her privacy be respected during this difficult time.
A teenager has been charged with the murder of Ava White, 12 (Merseyside Police/PA).
‘This is also important as we continue to investigate that no one posts comments or names on social media that could potentially affect us if justice is sought for Ava’s family.
‘Please trust us that we are doing everything we can to investigate and update people on this tragic incident, and we don’t want it to pose a threat.’
Police at the scene in Liverpool city center following the death of 12-year-old Ava
Ava White’s devastated family released this photo of her yesterday as police continued to question four teenagers in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old girl
Police have arrested four school children from Toxteth area of the city but are still searching for the murder weapon. Image: Police were under siege yesterday after Ava’s death
Ava was a student of eighth grade at Notre Dame Catholic College in Liverpool.
Its headmaster Peter Duffy said: ‘She was an incredibly popular girl with a wonderful group of friends.
‘Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Ava’s family and friends and all those affected by this very sad incident.’
Colin Parry, whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed in 1993 when the IRA bombed Warrington, has revealed that he awarded Ava the title of Peace Ambassador after attending a charity course in 2019.
He wrote on Twitter, ‘What a sad loss for his family. ‘Our Peace Foundation will be at his school again on Monday.’
Ms Combs urged anyone in the aftermath of the incident to send pictures or footage to the force online at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/05MP21M43-PO1.