Teenage girl (15) held over seven-year-old's death in England

The two girls are believed to be sisters

Teenage girl (15) held over seven-year-old's death in England

The grandparents of the victim leave a floral tribute near Alness Drive in the Woodthorpe area of York | Image: Danny Lawson PA Wire/PA Images

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested after the death of a seven-year-old girl in the English city of York.

Police were called to an address in Woodthorpe at around 4.30pm on Monday and found the girl nearby with life-threatening injuries.

She was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

"Officers remain at the scene while the investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death of the girl continues," a spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said.

The York City and East neighbourhood policing team tweeted: "Difficult late shift for all York staff with tragic death of a 7 year old. Thoughts go out to family members."

It is understood that the girls did not live on the street where the body was found.

A woman living in the house said a woman arrived in the street by car on Monday afternoon and said she was the mother of the two girls, who are believed to be sisters.

She described how she saw the mother on her knees crying in the road.

She said: "I saw the mother, she said she was the mother. The girls are sisters."

She added: "I arrived in my car behind the mother.

"I wasn't quite sure what was going on, it wasn't until I spoke to the police that I found out.

"The mother was on her knees in the middle of the road, crying and saying things. It was quite distressing."

The woman, who did not want to be named, said the family did not live in the street of six red-brick detached houses.

She said: "We've all been here a long time, there's no children in this street."

Another neighbour, Rob McCartney, said: "I saw a woman come running up the street. She was shouting, call an ambulance.

"I went to look in the field and saw police attending to the girl then paramedics arrived.

"We didn't know at the time what had happened but now it's really shocking.

"I saw the mother, I presume was the mother, who was very, very distraught, she kept going back and forwards to the field and her husband turned up. They were both very distraught. "

Neighbour Vicky Gilmour said: "It's quite shocking isn't it?  I hope it's just an accident, nothing worse."

Local councillor Ashley Mason said: "It's just a typical type of suburban area.  It's just a really nice place to live.

"It's an absolute shock that this has happened on our doorstep."