A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old girl was fatally stabbed and a 16-year-old boy was seriously injured, say police.
Officers from Northumbria Police were called to Priestpopple, Hexham, shortly after 5.10 pm on Friday.
The force received reports that a teenage girl and boy had been injured.
Emergency services were attended and both teenagers were taken to the hospital.
The 15-year-old sadly died from her injuries. The 16-year-old boy sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities confirmed the teens suffered serious injuries "consistent with having been caused by a bladed article".
In a series of tweets, Northumberland Police said: “A murder investigation has been launched after a 15-year-old girl tragically died following a suspected assault in #Hexham.
“Shortly after 5.10 pm on Friday police were alerted by ambulance service to a report of a teenage boy & girl injured in the Priestpopple area
“Emergency services attended where the boy and girl – aged 16 and 15 – suffered serious injuries consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.
“They were both taken to hospital, with the girl’s injuries described as life-threatening.
“Sadly, despite best efforts of hospital staff, the girl passed away later that evening.
“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.
“An investigation was launched, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault, and later on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.
“Our thoughts are with all loved ones at this awful time, and we are supporting them in every way we can.
“We are determined to find out what happened & bring anyone involved to justice. Officers are in the area to carry out enquiries & offer reassurance.
"We believe those involved are known to each other & would ask people not to speculate. Any info call 101 NP-20230127-0795.”
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