Boy and girl aged 15 arrested over murder of schoolgirl Brianna Ghey

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    A boy and girl, both aged 15, have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey in a park.

    Cheshire Police launched a murder probe after the girl, from Birchwood in Warrington, was found by members of the public on Saturday as she lay wounded on a path in Linear Park, Culcheth.

    Emergency services attended but Brianna was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A statement issued by Cheshire Police said: “Detectives have arrested two teenagers following the death of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey in Warrington.

    “Emergency services were called to Linear Park in Culcheth by members of the public at 3.13pm yesterday after Brianna’s body was found on a path where she was sadly pronounced dead.

    “As part of ongoing inquiries, a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl – both from the local area – have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    “They are currently in custody assisting police with their investigation.”

    The force had said before the arrests it was looking to speak with two people who were seen close to where the body was found.

    Detective Chief Supt Mike Evans said: “This is a truly awful attack on a 16-year-old girl, who has sadly lost her very short life. We are appealing for any information that will help us find who has done this to Brianna."

    “I would like to reassure the local community that we are working hard to find those responsible for Brianna’s death and we have extra officers in and around Culcheth supporting the investigation,” he added.

    “We also have officers supporting Brianna’s family at this really tragic time.”

    A Home Office post-mortem examination is ongoing and a crime scene cordon is in place at the scene.

    Detective Chief Inspector Adam Waller earlier said police are pursuing “numerous lines of inquiry”.

    Anyone with information should contact police via the Cheshire Constabulary website or by calling 101, quoting IML 1476832.

    Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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