Ava White: 12-year-old dies of ‘catastrophic injuries’ when four teenagers were arrested in Liverpool

A 12-year-old girl has died after an attack in Liverpool city centre.

It is believed that Ava White was on Church Alley with friends when Merseyside police said a “verbal altercation” broke out with a group of boys.

An attack is believed to have taken place in which Ava “fell to the ground”, and officers say “a member of the public who witnessed the incident provided first aid”.

Police and paramedics arrived shortly after 8:39 p.m. and Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she died a short time later.

Four teenage boys – one aged 13, two aged 14 and one aged 15, all from Toxteth – have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The street was closed after the incident. Credit: Liverpool echo

After the incident on Thursday, November 26, the police cordoned off a large part of Church Street near Primark and the surrounding area.

Officers are also conducting fingertip searches in and around Williamson Square.

Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy, said: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ava’s family, who is supported by specialist Family Liaison officers.

“Their world is torn apart and no parent should ever be faced with that knock on the door of police officers to say that their child has died.”

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Merseyside Police were called to an alley off Church Street in the city center around 8.40pm. Credit: Liverpool echo

The incident happened a few hours after the Christmas tree lights went on in the city center.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information to assist the police with their enquiries, are requested to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 dated 25th November.

An extensive cordon remains in place – including Williamson Square, Tarleton Street, Church Street, Church Alley, School Lane crossing Hanover Street into Fleet Street.

Stores such as Marks & Spencer, Primark and Lush on Church Street, one of the city’s main shopping streets, were closed on Black Friday due to the police cordon.

Councilor Sarah Doyle, assistant mayor, Violence Against Women and Girls, said: “I am devastated to hear that Ava White has passed away.

“I know the news of this tragedy will shock communities in our city. My thoughts are with Ava’s family, friends and school.

“We will do everything we can to support the city and those affected in the coming weeks.”


Ava died on White Ribbon Day, a global campaign to end violence against women.

Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy added: “Ava’s death should remind us all of the role we all need 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 from across the city joined forces to celebrate the day, which also marks the start of 16 days of activity to raise awareness of VAWG and show how we are working together to ensure that VAWG is something that should not be tolerated in any society.”

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