Detectives probing murder of 12-year-old Ava White in Liverpool issue image of van in hunt for witnesses
- Police investigating the death of Ava White have released an image of a van
- Detectives believe key witnesses to the murder may have been in the vehicle
- Ava White, 12, suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ an assault at 8.39pm on Thursday
- The family of the 12-year-old girl have also released two new images of her
Detectives investigating the murder of 12-year-old Ava White in Liverpool city centre have issued an image of a van which may have been occupied by key witnesses to the killing.
Ava White had been in the city with friends on Thursday following a Christmas lights switch-on when she suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ in an assault at 8.39pm, Merseyside Police said.
Paramedics attended at the scene and Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where sadly she died a short time later despite the best efforts of medical staff.
The force is continuing to appeal for information and believes the van’s occupants may have witnessed the incident. They are not being treated as suspects.
Detectives investigating the murder of 12-year-old Ava White in Liverpool have released this image (pictured) of a van which they believe may have been occupied by key witnesses
Ava White (pictured) had been in the city with friends on Thursday following a Christmas lights switch-on when she suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ in an assault at 8.39pm, Merseyside Police said
Pictured: One of the two new images of Ava which have been released by her family following her death
And Ava’s family have also released two new images of the 12-year-old in the wake of her death.
One image sees her standing in her school uniform, while the other shows her enjoying a meal.
Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs said: ‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ava’s family, friends and the wider community.
‘Ava’s family are being supported by specialist officers and they have requested that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.
‘Merseyside Police is absolutely determined to bring those responsible to justice. Today we are also issuing new images of Ava on behalf of her family.
‘We are also sharing a still image of a van which was in the vicinity of the incident and may have witnessed something vital.
Pictured: Police conduct a search near the scene in Liverpool city centre where Ava White died
Pictured: A police cordon was put in place yesterday following the death of Ava White
‘To be clear, we think those vehicle’s occupants are witnesses, and in no way suspected of being involved. However, we still need to speak to those people as soon as possible to confirm what information they might hold.’
Ms Coombs urged anyone who captured the incident or aftermath to send images or footage to the force online.
Road closures remain in place on School Lane, Church Alley and Fleet Street as extensive inquiries continue.
Four boys, one aged 13, two aged 14 and one 15-year-old, remain in custody after they were arrested on suspicion of murder.