A teenage boy has been charged with the alleged murder of a schoolgirl at a Christmas lights switch on.

Ava White, 12, died after an incident in Liverpool city centre on Thursday night.

A boy, 14, was charged with her murder late on Sunday night.

The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded into custody to appear in court on Monday.

He is also charged with possession of a bladed article.

Three other boys arrested have been conditionally bailed as enquiries continue, police said.

The scene on Thursday evening (


Liverpool Echo)

Tributes have poured in for the much-loved schoolgirl after she was confirmed dead by police on Friday November 26.

On Friday morning, Ava's aunt Erica said her death had "taken a really bad effect on the whole family."

Ava's former headteacher, Rebecca Flynn, from Trinity College Primary described her as a "popular and caring" girl, who was "bright and respectful".

Father of killed schoolboy, Tim Parry, who died in the IRAs Warrington bombing confirmed on twitter that Ava had received a peace ambassador award on behalf of the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation in 2019.

She died as a result of her injuries.

Tributes for Ava at the scene (



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.

"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.

“We’d also urge anyone else who has captured the incident or aftermath to send any images/footage directly via this link "

Anyone with information can pass it on to the police with reference 21000820789.