Five Teenagers Arrested For Conspiracy To Murder After Boy, 13, Was Stabbed To Death

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In Emmer Green, near Reading, police initiated a murder investigation into an assault. Kid, 13, was stabbed on a common golf course in Berkshire in field help Emergency workers raced shortly to Bugs Bottom sector. But they could not rescue the young person who died at the scene.

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Four boys and a girl aged 13 and 14 were arrested by police investigating the knife killing of a schoolboy in a field near Reading.

After a 13-year-old died from stab wounds, Thames Valley police arrested the teens for conspiracy to kill. The body was found injured shortly before 4 pm at a golf course in Emmer Green, Berkshire, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Superintendent Senior Investigative Officer Kevin Brown, chief of the Serious Crime Team of the Thames Valley Police, said: 'It is a very active operation and there is also a large scene-watch in place.

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'We have arrested five young people in connection with this tragic incident, but I would urge anybody who has any information surrounding what happened yesterday to please make contact with Thames Valley Police.' 

Shortly before 4 pm, ambulance responders raced to Bugs Bottom sector - but the boy died sadly at the scene.

Unconfirmed sources say that the boy - who has not been identified yet - was stabbed in the back of the neck.

The family of the boy was told. In catching his murderer, police earlier promised to leave 'no stone unturned.'

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The police said they suspected that two or three individuals had attacked him, all of whom escaped. One resident said: 'I feel so desperately sad for the lad's parents - what must they be going through so soon after Christmas and into the New Year?'

'It is a real tragedy. I haven't heard what sparked the attack but the fact the scene is in a field is quite unusual.' Officers and plain-clothed detectives were performing house-to-house investigations inside the police cordon.

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The upmarket suburb of Reading, north of the Thames River, is Emmer Green. As it is within walking distance of the main Reading to Paddington train lines, it is a common commuting village for individuals employed in London.

Detective Superintendent Brown earlier said: 'This is a fast-moving and dynamic investigation, which is ongoing.

'We are in the very early stages of this investigation, but we believe that the victim was attacked by two or three males, who made off after the incident in the direction of Hunters Chase.'

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'There will be a very considerable police presence in the area of St Barnabus Road and Gravel Hill for several days, and we have a very large scene-watch in place.'

'I would appeal to anybody who was in Gravel Hill this afternoon and believes that they witnessed anything that could help this investigation to please make contact with police if you have not already done so.'

'This is an area that is used extensively by dog walkers, and I believe that there will have been witnesses to this dreadful incident, or who may have seen the offenders leaving the area quickly.'

'I would ask anybody who was driving or cycling in the area and has either a dash-cam or a head-cam to please check the footage between 3 pm and 4.30 pm, and get in touch if it has captured anything that may assist this investigation.'

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'Similarly, many families walk in the area, and so if anybody has taken photographs within the area around that time to please check these and contact us if you have picked up anything suspicious.'

'I would also be keen to hear from anybody with CCTV footage in the area, please can you check this and again contact us with anything that may be able to help us in this investigation.'

'You can call the 24-hour number 101, quoting incident reference 1069 of 3 January, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111. 'This is a tragic and shocking incident which has resulted in the death of a young boy. '

'We have specially-trained Family Liaison Officers supporting the boy's family and the thoughts of all of us within the force are with them at this extremely distressing time.'

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Superintendent Nick John, Reading's local police district chief, added:

'This is a disturbing occurrence, and I would like to inform the community that we are working hard to find and place the suspects in custody. Naturally, this incident will cause huge concern in the local community, and I fully understand those concerns.'

'I would like to reassure the community that we are leaving no stone unturned in this investigation and we have deployed a large number of police officers and staff to the area. If you have any concerns or any information, please do not hesitate to speak to one of them.'

'We are in the very early stages of this ongoing incident, and I can assure you all that we are working to ascertain what has happened and arrest anybody suspected of being involved.'

'We have a strong local community, and I would encourage anybody who has any information that would help us to locate the offenders, please contact us, and you can do so in the strictest confidence.' 

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