Boyfriend of Holly Newton, 15, heroically fought to save her after fatal Hexham stabbing

The boyfriend of 15-year-old Holly Newton, who was in Hexham on Friday, reportedly fought to save the life of the young girl. The couple had only been together a short time when she was outside Pizza Pizza in Hexham, Northumberland.

The pair staggered into the takeaway after the stabbing, where staff attempted to help them.

An employee said: “You don’t expect this sort of thing in Hexham. I tried to help but unfortunately I failed.”

Holly died just a few hours later, while her 16-year-old boyfriend was also hospitalised with stab wounds.

He is now in recovery after undergoing an operation on Saturday.

Her mother Micala Trussler, 33, said her daughter had been “so excited about her new relationship”.

She posted: “I can never thank him enough for trying to save my baby girl.”

Holly was a keen dancer and a Year 10 student at Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School.

It said: “We are in shock after the terrible events of Friday evening and devastated at the loss of Holly, a truly lovely student who was quiet, conscientious, helpful and kind.”

Holly lived in Haltwhistle with her mother and her stepfather Lee, 34.

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Mayor Derek Kennedy added: “It’s a very warm and loving community. It’s knocked everyone for six.”

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on Monday.