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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old girl died in a stabbing in Northumberland.
Police said they were called to the Priestpopple area of Hexham shortly after 5.10pm on Friday to reports that two teenagers had what appeared to be knife injuries.
They were both taken to hospital, with the girl’s injuries described as life-threatening.
“Sadly, despite best efforts of hospital staff, the girl passed away later that evening,” said a Northumbria Police statement.
“The boy suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital. Both of their families are being supported by specially-trained officers at this devastating time.”
The boy was initially arrested on suspicion of assault, and then on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.
Police believe the pair knew each other and are urging anyone with information to get in touch.
Officers are carrying out inquiries in the town centre and a cordon was expected to remain in place into the weekend.