FLOWERS have been left at the scene of a fatal suspected stabbing.

Notes and soft toys have also been left on Priestpopple in Hexham after a 15-year-old girl died on Friday.

A 16-year-old boy also suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Another 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and later on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody at this time.


Shortly after 5.10pm, police were alerted by the ambulance service to a report of a teenage boy and girl being injured in the town centre. 

Emergency services attended the scene where a boy and girl had suffered serious injuries consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.

Chief Superintendent Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police, told a press conference her thoughts were with the families of the victims.

The area commander for Northumberland and North Tyneside maintained that the region was a safe place to live but recognised the impact incidents like this have on communities. She added that those involved knew one another and the incident offered no risk to the wider community.

She explained: "To the people of Hexham, we will continue to be visible in your communities, we will continue to support you. 

"The actions of those residents in the town centre just shows how tight and supportive the community are at a time of tragedy.

"We will continue to work with you and we will be visible to offer that reassurance over the coming days."

She also asked that anyone with any information come forward.