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A murder investigation has been launched after a nine-year-old girl died from a suspected stab wound.
Lincolnshire Police said officers were called to the scene on Fountain Lane in Boston at around 6.20pm on Thursday.
The force said the area has been cordoned off, and they will be at the scene for the foreseeable future.
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Police said the incident is being treated as murder and that the young girl's parents have been informed and will be supported by specialist-trained officers.
Officers are now urging any witnesses, or anyone with information, to come forward.
A spokesperson from Lincolnshire Police said: "A nine-year-old girl has sadly died from what is believed to be a stab wound in Boston.
"Officers were called to the scene of the incident at Fountain Lane at around 6.20pm today, Thursday, 28 July."
They added: "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."
Matt Warman, Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, called the news "profoundly shocking" and thanked the emergency services for their response.
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In a statement, he wrote: "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. 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.
"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."
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