Two people have been arrested after a nine-year-old schoolgirl was found stabbed to death in a market town in the United Kingdom.
The youngster, who has not yet been identified, was found on a quiet lane in Lincolnshire, England, with emergency services rushing to the scene, The Sun reported.
Forensic officers set up an evidence tent in the town’s Fountain Lane after the tragedy unfolded around 6.20pm (local time).
Lincolnshire Police have since launched a murder probe – and this morning confirmed two arrests in connection with the horrific discovery.
Speaking to reporters near the police cordon at the scene, Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson described the nine-year-old’s death as an “utter tragedy”.
Declining to confirm the nationality of the victim’s family, she added: “At the moment we are respecting the wishes of the family by not releasing her details.”
The senior officer also declined to comment on whether those arrested were adults or juveniles, and would not confirm what offence they were detained on suspicion of.
She said: “We have a number of active lines of inquiry.
“It would be unfair for me to speculate on potential motives.”
The local community has been left shaken by the horror news, with officers remaining at the scene for the “foreseeable future”.
One floral tribute left nearby this morning read: “So sorry this cruel world has taken your life beautiful girl.
“May you be in the arms of the angels.”
Cops say the tragic victim’s family have been told of her death and will be supported by officers.
A force spokesman said last night: “We have launched a murder investigation.
“The area has been cordoned off and we will be at the scene for the foreseeable future.
“The young girl’s parents have been informed. Our thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time.”
The tragedy follows a weekend of bloodshed in London, where three people were killed in less than 24 hours, with another badly injured.
It is also not be the first time a young girl has been stabbed to death in Britain, with the horrific murder of 12-year-old Ava White, who was stabbed to death by a 14-year-old lad, taking place in Liverpool last November.
Home Office figures from 2016 found the port town of Boston was then the murder capital of England and Wales.
It 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, Mail Online reports.
Parent’s worst nightmare
One dad, whose 12-year-old son Roberts Buncis was stabbed to death in the area two years ago, begged for answers this morning.
Addressing the loved ones of Boston’s latest victim, he said: “Dear family, you will go through the hell, be strong, take any help you can get.
“My son was stabbed to death 12/12/2020 and I still live with that and think it never will end. It’s so sad.
“Where are we going, what is wrong with this world, what is wrong with Boston … I would tell you thousands of words but don’t know what to say … be strong, love those who you have.”
Meanwhile, Matt Warman MP, for Boston and Skegness, said his thoughts were with the young girl’s family.
He said: “Profoundly shocking news in Boston this evening. My thoughts are with the family of the girl involved – if you have any information that might help the police with their ongoing investigation please use the contact details below.
“I have spoken to senior officers locally and am hugely grateful for all the emergency services’ work.”
He added: “I would ask that people refrain from speculating while this hugely important police investigation is ongoing.
“It is vital that those responsible are brought to justice.”
‘No humanity’ left
Local residents have also told of their shock and fear after the tragedy.
One business owner who cut the victim’s hair just days ago, said: “This is just a sick joke.
“She was so little. I was only cutting her hair days ago.
“There is no humanity left in this place – none. For someone to do this is inhuman.”
Another local said: “This is beyond a parent’s worst nightmare.”
Someone else added: “What a tragic waste of a young girl’s life.
“Heartbreaking for her family.”
And a third said: “Scary, scary world.
“Makes you not want to let your children go out and play.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as Two arrested after nine-year-old girl found stabbed to death in UK