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Nine-year-old girl is ‘stabbed to death’ in Boston, Lincolnshire


Police have launched a murder probe after a schoolgirl was killed following a suspected stabbing in a market town in Lincolnshire.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Boston, Lincolnshire, at around 6.20pm on Thursday evening to reports a nine-year-old girl had been fatally stabbed.

Officers are treating the case as a murder and had cordoned off a section of the surrounding residential area close to the town’s historic St Botolph’s Church.

Boston’s Conservative MP, Matt Warman, Conservative MP for the town, said he had made contact with the policing minister to ensure national assistance would be available for the ensuing murder investigation. 

At the scene late on Thursday night, a police car was stationed either side of an alleyway to cordon the area off to the public.

Two forensic officers in white suits could be seen bagging up evidence before leaving in the early hours of Friday morning.

A large object appeared to be covered in the middle of the alleyway, which was marked by small yellow signs.

Officers said they will be at the scene ‘for the foreseeable future’ as they secure the area and work to establish the facts surrounding the case.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Boston, Lincolnshire, at around 6.20pm on Thursday evening to reports a nine-year-old girl had been fatally stabbed (Pictured: Scene of horror killing on Friday morning)

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Boston, Lincolnshire, at around 6.20pm on Thursday evening to reports a nine-year-old girl had been fatally stabbed (Pictured: Scene of horror killing on Friday morning) 

A forensic expert is pictured working at the scene in Fountain Lane, Boston, on Thursday evening

A forensic expert is pictured working at the scene in Fountain Lane, Boston, on Thursday evening 

The Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, Matt Warman, said he had been in contact with the policing minister to ensure national assistance is available to the murder investigation

The Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, Matt Warman, said he had been in contact with the policing minister to ensure national assistance is available to the murder investigation

Mr Warman said in a statement posted on Twitter: 'Profoundly shocking news in Boston this evening, I have spoken to senior officers locally and am hugely grateful for all the emergency services' work. I have also been in contact with Policing Minister Tom Pursglove to ensure that any national help that might be useful is made available as quickly as possible'

Mr Warman said in a statement posted on Twitter: ‘Profoundly shocking news in Boston this evening, I have spoken to senior officers locally and am hugely grateful for all the emergency services’ work. I have also been in contact with Policing Minister Tom Pursglove to ensure that any national help that might be useful is made available as quickly as possible’

Police on Friday morning patrol the scene of the shocking fatal stabbing of a nine-year-old girl in Boston, Lincolnshire, as they launch a murder inquiry

Police on Friday morning patrol the scene of the shocking fatal stabbing of a nine-year-old girl in Boston, Lincolnshire, as they launch a murder inquiry

Fountain Lane, the scene of the killing, remained cordoned off by police tape on Friday morning

Fountain Lane, the scene of the killing, remained cordoned off by police tape on Friday morning 

A nine-year-old girl has died from a suspected stab wound in Lincolnshire. Pictured: Forensic analysts mark out the crime scene

A nine-year-old girl has died from a suspected stab wound in Lincolnshire. Pictured: Forensic analysts mark out the crime scene

Police were called to the scene in Fountain Lane, Boston, at around 6.20pm on Thursday, and officers have now launched a murder investigation

A police car is pictured parked at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Boston, Lincolnshire

A police car is pictured parked at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Boston, Lincolnshire

A police officer collects bags of evidence after a girl, aged nine, died from a suspected stab wound in Boston

A police officer collects bags of evidence after a girl, aged nine, died from a suspected stab wound in Boston

Police cordoned off Fountain Lane, a street that backs onto the Grade II listed old court building The Sessions House.

Much of the nearby area is commercial, with car parks, a highstreet and several boarded-up shops, but the street also runs alongside the end of a residential road. 

The local community was in a state of shock as they came to terms with the tragic news late on Thursday evening.

Many spoke of their shock and fear at a suspected murder happening so close to home, while one resident was left to openly ask if the area remain safe for her children.

Another, posting on Facebook, commented: ‘How many more of our children have to die before serious intervention takes place in this town?

‘Why aren’t the government and the councils doing more to make Boston a safe place to live when these diabolical news stories are far too frequent. This is a tragedy.’

Forensic teams were working the scene on Fountain Lane (pictured) overnight and early on Friday morning

Forensic teams were working the scene on Fountain Lane (pictured) overnight and early on Friday morning

Home Office figures from 2016 found the port town of Boston, a sleepy market town in Lincolnshire, was the murder capital of England and Wales (Pictured: Scene on Fountain Lane)

Home Office figures from 2016 found the port town of Boston, a sleepy market town in Lincolnshire, was the murder capital of England and Wales (Pictured: Scene on Fountain Lane) 

A third added: ‘This is absolutely devastating and traumatic to read. Rest in peace little one, my thoughts go to all family and friends and thoughts to the officers involved as well as residents of Boston. 

‘How can we sleep at night knowing a 9 year old child has been murdered? Absolutely awful.’

Home Office figures from 2016 found the port town of Boston, a sleepy market town in Lincolnshire, was the murder capital of England and Wales.

Boston came top of a list of the local authorities with the most cases of murder, attempted murder or conspiracy to commit murder per 100,000 people.

There was a rate of 15 murderous crimes per 100,000 people up to September 2015 – ranking as the highest per person average in England and Wales and rivalling huge cities such as Birmingham or London. 

And the overall crime rate in the port town for 2021 was recorded as 100 crimes per 1,000 people, making it among the most dangerous towns in Lincolnshire. 

A large object appeared to be covered in the middle of the alleyway, which was marked by small yellow signs as officers gathered evidence

A large object appeared to be covered in the middle of the alleyway, which was marked by small yellow signs as officers gathered evidence

The cordon remains in place and a police presence remained at Fountain Lane for several hours

The cordon remains in place and a police presence remained at Fountain Lane for several hours

‘Profoundly shocking news in Boston this evening,’ Mr Warman said in a statement posted on Twitter.

‘I have spoken to senior officers locally and am hugely grateful for all the emergency services’ work.

‘I have also been in contact with Policing Minister Tom Pursglove to ensure that any national help that might be useful is made available as quickly as possible.’

Lincolnshire Police added in a statement: ‘The young girl’s parents have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time. 

‘Her family will be supported by specialist trained officers.

‘If you think you can help us in our enquiries, you can contact us by calling 101 quoting incident 419 of 28 July; by emailing force.control@lincs.police.uk quoting incident 419 of 28 July in the subject line; if you wish to remain anonymous, you can report via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.’ 

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