Schoolgirl, 10, killed in suspected hit-and-run named by police

Melissa Tate, 10, died following a suspected hit-and-run in Newcastle

A 10-year-old girl who died following a suspected hit-and-run in Newcastle has been named by police as Melissa Tate.

Melissa was rushed to hospital after being hit by a car on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton, Newcastle, on Wednesday evening, but was declared dead a day later.

Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Chris Grice said: "This is understandably a difficult time for the family and it is something that nobody should have to go through.”

The scene on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton, Newcastle, where Melissa was hit on Wednesday (Picture: Henry Clare/PA Wire)

"Specialist officers have been supporting them since Melissa was involved in the collision on Wednesday night and they continue to do so.

"We will remain with them over the coming days and weeks, and will be on hand to help them in any way we can.

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"This incident has had a big impact on the community in Kenton and I know that residents will come together to support Melissa's family.

"However, I would ask that people respect their privacy at this time and allow them to grieve as a family."

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