A 16-year-old has been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in Hexham on Friday.
The young girl, named locally as Holly Newton and also known as Holly Olivia, was stabbed on Friday evening just hours after leaving school.
Friends have described Holly Olivia, of Haltwhistle in Northumberland, as a ‘beautiful’ girl who loved to dance.
The boy, who will appear before magistrates in Newcastle tomorrow, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
Holly Newton (pictured), who is also known as Holly Olivia, was stabbed on Friday evening just hours after leaving school
One friend said on Facebook: ‘It’s such a cruel world that we live in. It’s saddens me so much you were taken from us at such a young age.’
Yesterday family and friends laid messages, floral tributes and teddy bears outside the Halifax bank on Priestpopple in Hexham, Northumberland, in a touching tribute.
One message left by loved one reads: ‘All our love to 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 has been set up in memory of Holly, with donations surpassing its £3,000 target in less than a day.
Officers from 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.
Floral tributes were left at the scene in Hexham, Northumberland yesterday morning after a double stabbing which saw Holly Olivia die from her injuries
Family and friends laid messages, floral tributes and teddy bears in memory of Holly Olivia
One message left by loved one reads: ‘All our love to the most beautiful girl in the world. We will miss you forever Holly’. Pictured: Tributes left at the scene
Emergency services attended where the boy, 16, and Holly Olivia suffered serious injuries ‘consistent with having been caused by a bladed article’.
Both teenagers were taken to hospital. Holly Olivia later died that evening while the boy suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
In a statement today the force said: ‘Holly still had so much left to look forward to in life, and this tragic incident has left her family devastated beyond words.
‘Our thoughts are with both families involved and their loved ones as we continue to support them in every way we can.
‘The investigation is ongoing, and we would like to thank the people of Hexham – and beyond – who have greatly assisted with our enquiries and shown their support.
‘While our enquiries continue, we do believe all those involved are known to each other and there is no wider risk to the public.
‘Officers will remain in the area over the coming days, and we would encourage anyone with concerns to speak directly with them.’
Friends and family have described Holly Olivia as a ‘beautiful’ girl who loved to dance
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder having initially been arrested on suspicion of assault
Specialist search team carry out their investigation at the scene
Chief Superintendent Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police, said it is ‘tragic news’ and that police believe all those involved are known to each other.
At a press conference on Saturday, she said: ‘First and foremost, our hearts go out to her loved ones at this truly devastating time.
‘A 16-year-old boy who was also injured during the incident remains in hospital in a stable condition.
‘He and his family are also very much in our thoughts. An investigation was immediately launched and while this is at the very early stages, we do believe all those involved are known to each other.
‘We would like to thank the public for their continued support and co-operation.
‘In particular, those who tried to provide assistance yesterday to the injured boy and girl at the scene.’
Derek Kennedy, mayor of Hexham, said: ‘It’s an absolute tragedy, the town is in complete shock, to lose one of our children who attends a local high school is just horrendous.
‘Parents are really anxious for the health of their children because they’re all a part of this community, the schools are all really anxious that their children are really feeling the pain and suffering and shock of such an awful incident.
‘In the Hexham community we have a very low crime rate, generally, it’s a community that looks after one another, we were awarded the happiest place to live in Great Britain last year.
‘It’s a very warm and loving community so for a tragedy such as this to happen, we always find it much more difficult and it’s knocked everyone for six.
‘To happen to such a young person and the alleged perpetrator to be a young person, in the high street at 5pm, is just shocking, everyone is just shocked and struggling to come to terms with it, it will ruin so many lives.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230127-0795.