This allegation, like any allegation involving the wellbeing of young people, is being taken extremely seriously and will be thoroughly investigated as our priority is the safeguarding of young people. We are in the early stages of this inquiry and are working closely with the school and the local authority to establish the circumstances. No arrests have been made at this stage.
The siblings of Sasha Marsden have made individual tributes to the murdered student:
Sasha was an adorable little sister and was never afraid to put her opinions across no matter what the situation was. She always knew how to make us smile, especially after winding us up. She gave the most amazing cuddles and we will miss her so much.
– Sasha's brother Thomas Nicholl, 21.
She is a gorgeous little lady and knows how to make an impression and when you meet her, you would never forget her. She was an expert wind-up merchant and although you might be annoyed with her, you couldn't stay mad with her for long.
– Sasha's sister Katie Brett, 21.
Cheeky, friendly and stubborn are all things that make Sasha as special as she is and make her overcome anything. She is a beautiful sister and a wonderful and caring aunty too.
The family of Sasha Marsden will lay flowers at the scene of her brutal death in Blackpool at 5:30pm tonight.
Her parents, Gary, 40, and Jayne, 45, have paid tribute to their "beautiful daughter", who they lovingly described as a "typical teenager", in the following statement:
No words can express how we feel. Our beautiful daughter has been taken from us.
She was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, auntie, niece, cousin and girlfriend. She was very much loved and her loss has left a huge gap in all our lives, a gap that can never be filled.
Sasha was your typical teenager, a fun-loving girl who enjoyed spending time with her friends and boyfriend, with her parents being last on the list unless she wanted something or needed a lift somewhere.
They asked for the family to be "left alone in private to allow us to come to terms with losing our beautiful precious daughter".
Teen stabbing victim Sasha Marsden was in the first year of a childcare course at Blackpool and The Fylde College and lived with her parents in Staining, near Blackpool.
In a tribute to her, Mandy Pritchard, head of the college's school for society, health and childhood, described the 16-year-old as "a friendly, considerate individual who cared about her fellow students".
Burn attempts on teen's body came after fatal stabbing
Following the death of Sasha Marsden, a Home Office post-mortem examination has been carried out and has found that Sasha died as a result of receiving significant stab wounds to the head and face. It also showed that attempts were made to set the body on fire and this was after Sasha had died.
The results have been shared with the family, and specially trained officers are continuing to support them.
Facebook tributes to stabbing victim Sasha Marsden
Numerous tributes have paid to stabbing victim Sasha Marsden on a Facebook page set up in her memory.
Among the online tributes paid to the teenager was from Katrina Jasmine Morgan, who wrote:
Your gonna be missed by so many people Sasha and you certainly wont be forgotten. You were harmless how anyone could take your life away so cruely is beyond me, i'll miss are random conversations and your banter. Sleep tight and dream with the angels gorgeous xxxxx
Sheila Tatlock posted:
Special angel, god was waiting for you with his arms wide open, you've welcomed his embrace, you are sat at his right hand side x god bless you beautiful girl x sleep well x
While Graham Callum Hilton wrote:
Our sincere and heart felt condolences to sasha's mum dad and all family and friends at this tragic time. no words anyone can say can be enough to make the hurt go away. from all the hilton family.