First photos emerge of Lilia Valutyte, 9, who was 'stabbed to death' in Lincolnshire

29 July 2022, 09:26 | Updated: 30 July 2022, 06:42

Lilia Valutyte was stabbed in Boston
Lilia Valutyte was stabbed in Boston. Picture: Facebook

By Asher McShane

The first photos of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte, who was 'stabbed to death' in the street in Lincolnshire, have emerged.

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The child was found in quiet Fountain Lane in Boston at around 6.20pm yesterday evening.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Superintendent Kate Anderson said this morning: "Officers were called to the scene of the incident at Fountain Lane, Boston, at around 6.20pm yesterday.

"A nine-year-old girl sadly died as a result of what we believe to be a stab wound.

"We have arrested two people in connection with the incident.

Lilia was found on Fountain Lane in Boston
Lilia was found on Fountain Lane in Boston. Picture: Facebook

"We believe this to be an isolated incident. We are pursuing extensive lines of enquiry and have committed a number of resources to this investigation. You will see more officers patrolling the area, and we have a high number of specialist detectives who have been brought in to assist the investigation."

The statement added: "Her parents are being supported by specially trained officers at this very difficult time, and I can only imagine the grief and pain that they are going through. Their welfare and the welfare of those who she knew is a priority for us."

Police believe the nine-year-old suffered a stab wound
Police believe the nine-year-old suffered a stab wound. Picture: Facebook

A small tent was pictured at the scene this morning as forensics officers collected evidence. Police said the area has been cordoned off and they will be at the scene for the ‘foreseeable future.’

It comes after 12 year old Ava White was murdered by a teenager in Liverpool last November. He was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years in jail.

The girl was stabbed in Fountain Lane, Boston
The girl was stabbed in Fountain Lane, Boston. Picture: PA/Alamy

Police said the incident is being treated as murder and cordoned off Fountain Lane. The local community was rocked by news of the girl’s death, with the Tory MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman saying people were in a state of ‘profound shock.’

Read more: Girl, 9, 'stabbed to death' as cops launch murder probe in Lincolnshire

The victim's parents are receiving support from police
The victim's parents are receiving support from police. Picture: PA/Alamy

One local resident wrote on Facebook: “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.”

Another resident said: “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.”

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 working at the scene before leaving in the early hours of Friday morning.

The community is in 'profound shock' after the girl's death
The community is in 'profound shock' after the girl's death. Picture: PA/Alamy

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

The victim's parents have been informed, and the force said their "thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time".

"Her family will be supported by specialist trained officers," a short statement added.

Mr Warman, said he had been in contact with the policing minister to ensure national assistance is available to the murder investigation.

"Profoundly shocking news in Boston this evening," Mr Warman he said.

"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."

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