Three teenagers have been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm following an investigation by Thames Valley Police.
The charges are in connection with the death of Olly Stephens, aged 13, which occurred in Emmer Green, Reading on Sunday 3 January.
A 13-year-old girl and two boys, aged 13 and 14, all from Reading, have been charged with the offences and remanded in custody to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
The girl has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.
Two other boys, both aged 13, have been released on bail, with strict conditions, until 1 February.
Thames Valley Police is continuing its investigation into this incident and Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown has asked that anyone who believes that they have any information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact police on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
He said: “This continues to be a very difficult time for the family of Olly. Our thoughts remain with them. The Stephens family appreciate all of the kindness shown to them but they have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.
“Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch and report it, and to refrain from posting this information on social media.”
Family issue tribute to Olly Stephens – Reading
The family of Olly Stephens, who died following an incident in Emmer Green, Reading on Sunday (3/1) have released the following tribute.
“Last night we have had to face every parents’ worst nightmare.
“My wife, daughter and I would like to whole heartedly thank the following people:
“A Good Samaritan that tried valiantly to save Oliver, an off duty doctor who also offered her help, all the emergency services that attended the scene at Bugs Bottom, Emmer Green who have been exemplary, the forensic team and all staff that are still on the case, and our families, neighbours, friends and colleagues who have sent their valued love and support.
“Oliver was an enigma, having both Autism and suspected Pathological Demand Avoidance he became a challenge we never shied away from.
“He was hilariously funny, charming and beautiful.
“He could get his own way with a wry smile and a cheeky grin. He always stood his ground and fought for the underdog whilst having an amazing depth of love, warmth and wit.
“In his final moments he must have been terrified. Fighting to get home, he had everything to live for. We now have only memories.
“An Olly sized hole has been left in our hearts.
“Gentle shoulder charge, love ya mate XXX.”