Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Girl killed in Doncaster park in 'random attack'

A 13-year-old girl who died after being stabbed in South Yorkshire was the victim of a random attack, the BBC understands.

The girl, named by police as Casey-Lyanne Kearney, called the emergency services after she was attacked at Elmfield Park in Doncaster on Tuesday.

BBC Look North reporter Dan Johnson said the attack was understood to be random and unprovoked.

A 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The woman remains in police custody.

'Number of incidents'

Miss Kearney was treated by police and paramedics and taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

It is understood the teenager was stabbed outside the park but called for help from inside the park. She died in hospital later that evening.

Image caption Elmfield Park was closed to the public as police conducted their investigation

The park has been closed off and there is an inner cordon around a children's playground in the middle of the park, which is near the town centre.

A white forensic police tent has been put up near the play area.

A woman, who was passing the scene with her daughter, said she was no longer allowing her to go into the park.

She said: "It is not a very good park, to be honest.

"There have been a number of incidents in there, it is not like when I was a child."

'School support'

The Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said his thoughts were with the girl's friends and family.

He said: "I can assure them and everyone else that they council will be doing all it can to assist the police with their inquiries and to offer support to local residents and children at the girl's school when pupils return next week."

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it sent one ambulance and two rapid response vehicles to the scene.

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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