A trial date has been set for a teenager charged with the murder of 12-year-old Ava White in Liverpool.

Ava was stabbed in the neck with a knife at around 8.30pm on November 25 while she was with friends in Liverpool city centre.

Ava was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after paramedics arrived at the scene, but she died a short time later.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Today, he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via videolink.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke only to confirm his name during the 15-minute hearing.

Honorary Recorder of Liverpool Judge Andrew Menary QC said a plea and trial preparation hearing would be held on February 18 next year.

He listed the case for trial on May 16 and said the case was likely to last two to three weeks.

Michael O’Brien, defending, made no application for bail and the teenager was remanded in secure accommodation.

Three other boys, aged between 13 and 15, were also arrested and have been conditionally bailed as inquiries continue.

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs, who is leading the investigation, said: “Please trust us that we are doing all we can to investigate and update people on this tragic incident, and we do not want anything to jeopardise this.”

Ms Coombs urged anyone who captured the incident or aftermath to send images or footage to the force.

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