A 15-year-old girl who was tragically killed in a stabbing attack in Hexham has been locally labeled a ‘beautiful’ teenager.
The young girl, named Holly Newton and also known as Holly Olivia, was stabbed several hours after leaving school on Friday night.
Friends described Holly Olivia as a “beautiful” girl who loved to dance.
A 16-year-old boy is being held on suspicion of murder.
Holly Newton (pictured), also known as Holly Olivia, was stabbed on Friday night just hours after leaving school
Tributes of flowers left at the crime scene in Hexham, Northumberland yesterday morning after a double stabbing in which Holly Olivia died of her injuries
Yesterday family and friends laid messages, floral tributes and teddy bears outside the Halifax bank at Priestpopple in Hexham, Northumberland in a moving tribute.
A tribute left by a loved one reads, “All our love for the most beautiful girl in the world. We will miss you forever Holly’.
Another read: “To our baby Holly. Our hearts hurt so much right now. We love you so much’.
A GoFundMe page was set up in memory of Holly, with donations surpassing the £3,000 goal in less than a day.
Northumbria Police were called shortly after 5.10pm on Friday to a report of a teenage boy and girl injured in the Priestpopple area of Hexham.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder after initially being arrested on suspicion of assault
A specialized search team is conducting their investigation on site
Emergency services arrived at the scene where the boy and girl – aged 16 and 15 respectively – suffered serious injuries “which appear to have been caused by an object with a knife.” They were both taken to hospital, where the girl died later that evening – the boy suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said: ‘Both of their families are being supported by specially trained officers during 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 terrible time and we support them in every way we can. We are determined to find out what happened and to bring all those involved to justice. ‘
Chief Inspector Sam Rennison of Northumbria Police said it was ‘tragic news’ and police believe everyone involved knows each other.
Police and paramedics were spotted at the location of the attack on Friday evening, along with paramedics
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, she said: “First of all, our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this truly devastating time.
A 16-year-old boy who was also injured in the incident is in stable condition in hospital.
“He and his family are also very much in our thoughts. An investigation has been launched immediately and although this is at a very early stage, we believe everyone involved knows each other.
“We would like to thank the public for their continued support and cooperation.
“Especially those who tried to help the injured boy and girl at the scene yesterday.”
Hexham mayor Derek Kennedy said: ‘It is an absolute tragedy, the town is in complete shock, to lose one of our children attending a local high school is just appalling.
“Parents are very concerned about their children’s health because they are all part of this community, the schools are all very concerned that their children really feel the pain and suffering and shock of such a terrible incident.
‘In the Hexham community we have a very low crime rate, overall it’s a community that looks out for each other, last year we were awarded the happiest place to live in Britain.
“It’s a very warm and loving community, so when a tragedy like this happens, we always find it much harder and it knocked everyone to six.
“It’s just shocking to happen to such a young person and the alleged perpetrator being a young person, on the high street at 5pm, everyone is just shocked and struggling to deal with it, it will ruin so many lives.”