We all woke up this morning to the shocking and tragic news that a 12-year old girl has died after suffering a knife attack in Liverpool City Centre last night (Thurdsay 25th November). As we understand it, Ava White received the fatal injuries after being involved in a verbal argument. Four males from the Toxteth area and aged between 13 and 15 have been arrested in connection with the incident. Our thoughts are with Ava’s family at this terribly hard time.
A large area of the city centre has been cordoned off as the police gather evidence as part of their investigations. Because of this, there may well be some disruption to travel through the city, so it may be best to avoid going into the centre unless necessary.
It’s important to keep yourselves safe whenever you are out. Remain vigilant and keep in groups. Avoid getting involved in arguments on the streets; it’s always better to walk away rather than let things escalate.
We should all be reassured by the fact that the police have already made arrests in this case. Also, there will be additional police officers patrolling across Merseyside.
Did you witness this incident? Anyone who has information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, or message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook’. Or you can contact @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 of 25 November.
Knife crime: the facts
This terrible event serves as a stark reminder that knife crime remains a very serious threat to people of all ages. Young people in particular are at risk. It’s worth remembering the following facts taken from the Met Police website:
- Carrying a knife or gun is illegal.
- People who carry knives say they do so to protect themselves, however carrying a knife or gun actually increases your risk of being injured.
- It also increases the risk of the people around you being injured, and can cause great distress and upset to your family.
- Police are allowed to stop and search someone if they believe a weapon is being carried.
- Having a criminal record could stop you gaining entry into your chosen college or university, getting a job. It could place restrictions on you travelling to some countries like the USA.
- It is illegal – they could ruin your life if you are caught, even if you never use the weapon.
- You could go to jail for up to four years if you’re found in possession of a knife or five years for a gun, even if you’re carrying it for someone else.
- In the worst-case scenario, you could get life imprisonment for murder.
- While walking away is often the hardest thing to do, it is the safest and won’t get you into trouble with the police.
Reporting knife crime
If you know someone who carries a knife, you can report this anonymously. In doing so, you could be saving the life of someone like Ava. Visit Fearless to report knife crime.
Do you yourself carry a knife? Or you are under pressure to do so? Are you worried because one of your friends is carrying a knife? You can get advice and help at #knifefree
Remember if you or someone else is in immediate danger due to knife crime or any other crime, call 999.