Murder investigation opened after nine-year-old girl stabbed to death in Lincolnshire

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A murder investigation has been launched after a nine-year-old girl died from a suspected stab wound in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Officers were called to the scene at Fountain Lane at about 6.20pm on Thursday.

Forensic officers were seen working at the scene on Thursday evening, before heading off in the early hours of Friday.

There was also a large object covered up in the middle of an alleyway, marked by small yellow signs and protected by police officers.

The death occurred in a commercial part of Boston with very few residential properties nearby, said Sky correspondent Frazer Maude.

Most of the businesses in the area are closed permanently or would not have been open at the time of the incident, he added.

Lincolnshire Police said: "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 and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time.

"Her family will be supported by specialist trained officers."

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," Mr Warman 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."

Mr Warman also asked people to refrain from speculation while the death is investigated.

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