The family of a North East teenager who died following a 'stabbing' in a North East town centre have paid a heartbreaking tribute to her.

Shortly after 5.10pm on Friday (January 27) police were alerted by the ambulance service to a report of a teenage boy, 16 and Holly Newton, 15, being injured in the Priestpopple area of Hexham town centre.

The 15-year-old of Haltwhistle in Northumberland passed away after being taken to hospital, despite the best efforts of hospital staff.

Emergency services attended the scene where they found the two had suffered serious injuries consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.

Read more: Police name girl, 15, who died in Hexham stabbing as Holly Newton

Today, in a touching tribute to Holly, her family said: "Holly was such a bright and bubbly girl who was so passionate about her family and many friends. She was a much-loved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin.

“Holly was always a popular girl, who was loved by so many people – not just in Hexham – but all over the North East.

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“Holly also loved dancing and was so talented – and a big part of her spare time was spent at classes and taking part in competitions up and down the country.

“She had her whole life ahead of her and we are still coming to terms with the fact that our beautiful and loving girl is no longer with us.

“Rest in peace to our baby girl – we love you so much and our lives will never be the same without you here. You touched so many hearts and you will be missed beyond words by all of your family and loved ones.

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“As a family, we would like to thank everyone in the community for their support and kind words.

“We now respectfully ask that we are given the time and privacy to grieve, as we process what has happened.”

The injured boy remains in hospital in a stable condition, and both families continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

Another boy, aged 16, was arrested and later charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is scheduled to appear before magistrates in Newcastle today (Monday).

Chief Superintendent Sam Rennison, area commander for Northumberland and North Tyneside, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our thoughts continue to be with Holly’s family and loved ones at this devastating time as they try to come to terms with their loss.

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“Our specially-trained officers will continue to support them in every way they can and we would ask that they are continued to be given the privacy they need following this tragic incident.

“With a teenage boy now charged in connection with this incident, I would ask that everyone continues to avoid any speculation – both out in the community and on social media – that could jeopardise the live legal proceedings.”

Anyone with information, who has not yet shared it, is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log  NP-20230127-0795.

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