Detectives have launched a murder inquiry after a nine-year-old girl died from a suspected stab wound in Lincolnshire.
Officers were called to the scene in Fountain Lane, Boston at 6.20pm on Thursday.
They found the child with what appeared to be a stab wound. Police said the incident is being treated as a murder.
The area, in Boston town centre near the town’s famous St Botolph’s church, has been cordoned off.
A Lincolnshire police spokesperson said officers will be at the scene for the foreseeable future.
The girl has not been identified and no further information has been released about her death.
Her 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,” the short statement added.
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.
“Profoundly shocking news in Boston this evening,” 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.”