A seven-year-old girl died after her throat was slashed in playing fields – as her desperate mum raced to the scene crying: “No, no, it’s my little girl.”

A 15-year-old girl was later arrested in connection with the death of the youngster, who was named by police as primary school pupil Katie Rough.

Only two weeks ago, Katie stole the show as a bridesmaid at her parents’ wedding. She was stabbed on Monday afternoon an hour after school finished.

The little girl’s mum was alerted to the horror and raced to the scene in a car. But after seeing her wounded child, she dropped to her knees sobbing: “No, no , it’s my little girl. I think she’s killed her. Help get an ambulance.”

Katie died after the attack which took place around 4.30pm.


Her dad Paul Rough arrived at the fields in the affluent Woodthorpe area of York, North Yorks, shortly after his wife, Alison, 38.

The attack took place just over half a mile from the Rough’s home in Foxwood, York.

As medics worked on their daughter, the distraught mum paced back and forwards from the field where her daughter lay stricken in the mud while the dad stood slumped against a wall in despair.

The couple, who married two weeks ago, comforted each other as she was stretchered away with an oxygen mask on.