13-year-old Reading murder victim named by police

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A 13-year-old boy, killed in a stabbing in Reading in Berkshire, has been named by police as Oliver Lucas Stephens.

Five teenagers were arrested after officers were called to Bugs Bottom fields in Emmer Green at around 3.50pm on Sunday, January 3, after reports of a stabbing.

The four boys and a girl, aged between 13 and 14, remain in police custody.

Police attend the scene in Emmer Green Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Oliver Lucas Stephens from Reading, known as Olly, died of his injuries.

His family have been told and are being supported by specially trained officers.

One resident, George Roberts, spoke of the "terrible shock" that has been felt by the community.

Local policing area commander for Reading, Superintendent Nick John, said: “This is a fast paced investigation and I understand the concerns that this will have caused in the local community.

“I would like to reassure residents that officers are carrying out a thorough investigation into this incident and there will continue to be an increased police presence in the local area through the following days.

Police remain at the scene of the stabbing Credit: ITV News

“I’d also like to thank the local community for their co-operation and support so far and encourage anyone who has any questions or concerns to please speak to officers who are there to help and provide support.”

The public is being asked to contact police on 101 or online if they have any information which could help the investigation, quoting reference 43210002635.

There will be an increased police presence in the area in the coming days Credit: ITV News