The devastated mother of a schoolgirl stabbed to death with a Stanley knife has issued an appeal for help to find out where her daughter was for a “missing 30 minutes”. Seven year old Katie Rough was discovered in a grassy alleyway a mile away from her home with severe neck and chest injuries.

Police and paramedics raced to the scene and desperately tried to save the little girl, but she was later pronounced dead in hospital. A 15 year old girl is currently in custody, having been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Alison Rough, 38, has now issued an appeal via Facebook, revealing that detectives are trying to piece together what happened to her daughter and where she was during a 30 minute time frame. Police feel that information about that “missing” half an hour could help them in their investigation into the death of little Katie.

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Mrs Rough is asking members of the public to cast their minds back and to contact North Yorkshire Police if they think they saw Katie walking together with her alleged attacker. In her post, she says: “If people ever wanted to do one thing for me in my life please, please do this one thing,” urging people to contact police if they saw anything at all. She adds: “There was a seven-year-old and a slightly older person (mid teens). They would most likely have appeared happy and friendly to each other.”

She reveals that they went into Morrell court at 3.30pm to play. But, around half an hour later, they were found in Alness drive, with Katie having suffered critical injuries. Her plea follows an earlier post which showed that she and her husband Paul, have had tattoos etched on their wrist in tribute to their little girl. While Alison’s simply says Katie, Paul’s is a Dr Seuss inspired poem.