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boy, 14, charged with murder of 12-year-old Ava White after horrific knife attack in Liverpool

A teenager has tonight been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl in Liverpool city centre.

Ava White was with friends on Thursday following a Christmas lights switch-on when she suffered 'catastrophic injuries' in an assault at 8.39pm, Merseyside Police said.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has now been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article.

Police said he has been remanded in custody to appear at a court on Monday.

Three other boys aged between 13 and 15, who were also arrested, have been conditionally bailed as inquiries continue.

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs said: 'We're continuing to support Ava's family and they have requested that their privacy continues to be respected at this difficult time.

'It's also vitally important as we continue the investigation that nobody posts comments or names on social media which could potentially impact upon us getting justice for Ava's family.

'Please trust us that we are doing all we can to investigate and update people on this tragic incident, and we do not want anything to jeopardise this.'

Police at the scene in Liverpool city centre after 12-year-old Ava died

As police last night continued to question four teenagers over the fatal stabbing of the 12-year-old, Ava White's devastated family yesterday released this photograph of her

A teenager has been charged with the murder of Ava White, 12 (Merseyside Police/PA)

Police arrested four schoolboys in the Toxteth area of the city but are still looking for the murder weapon. Pictured: A police cordon was put in place yesterday following Ava's death

Ava was a Year 8 pupil at Notre Dame Catholic College in Liverpool.

Its headteacher Peter Duffy said: 'She was an incredibly popular girl, with a fantastic group of friends.

'Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Ava's family and friends and all those affected by this utterly tragic event.'

Colin Parry, whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed in 1993 when the IRA bombed Warrington, has revealed he had awarded Ava the title of Peace Ambassador after she attended a charity course in 2019.

'What a tragic loss for her family,' he wrote on Twitter. 'Our Peace Foundation will be at her school again on Monday.'

Ms Coombs urged anyone who captured the incident or aftermath to send images or footage to the force online at