Girl, 15, dies after stabbing as boy, 16, arrested for murder


A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old girl died in a stabbing in Northumberland.

Police said they were called to the Priestpopple area of Hexham shortly after 5.10pm on Friday to reports that a teenage boy and girl had what appeared to be knife injuries.

They were both taken to hospital, with the girl’s injuries initially described as life-threatening.

“Sadly, despite best efforts of hospital staff, the girl passed away later that evening,” said a Northumbria Police statement.

“The boy suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital. Both of their families are being supported by specially-trained officers at this devastating time.”

Police said a 16-year-old boy was initially arrested on suspicion of assault, and then on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.

Officers are carrying out inquiries in the town centre and a cordon was expected to remain in place into the weekend.

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