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Police charge girl, 15, with the murder of Katie Rough, seven

A teenager has been charged with murdering a seven-year-old girl who was found seriously injured on a playing field, police have said.

The 15-year-old girl was also charged with the possession of an offensive weapon after the death of Katie Rough in the Woodthorpe area of York on Monday, North Yorkshire Police said.

The girl will appear at York Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.

Katie, who was described as a "kind and thoughtful child", was found on a track after police were called to an address in Woodthorpe.

Witnesses described how Katie's mother, named locally as Alison Rough, fell to her knees in the street, crying and pleading for help after her daughter was injured.

Rob McCartney, 50, said he saw the young girl lying in the field near the quiet cul-de-sac and her mother running up the street "shouting for help".

He said: "I spoke to her later, asked if she was OK and she said 'No, no, she's my little girl'."

Pupils at Westfield Primary School, where Katie was a pupil, were being offered emotional support.

Headteacher Tracey Ralph said: "Katie was a kind and thoughtful child who was well liked by both pupils and staff.

"She was hard working and showed a particular talent for creative writing.

"Her death is a terrible loss which has deeply saddened our school community and we send our profound sympathies to her family."

Jon Stonehouse, director of children's services at City of York Council, said the "tragic incident" had "shocked the city" and specialist support was being offered to the school and wider community.

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