Three teenagers charged over death of autistic boy in Reading

Three teenagers have appeared in court over the death of an autistic 13-year-old boy in Reading.

Oliver Stephens, known as Olly, died at the scene at Bugs Bottom fields, Emmer Green, on Sunday.

A 13-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of their ages, appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning charged with murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

The girl was also charged with perverting the course of justice.

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Floral tributes and a card left at the scene in Emmer Green, Reading, where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Sunday.
Police searching an alleyway near to where a 13-year-old boy died in Emmer Green, Reading, after being stabbed on Sunday.
Floral tributes and a card to a boy called Olly left outside Highdown School in Reading. A 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Sunday in Bugs Bottom fields, Emmer Green.
Forensic officers at the tent in Bugs Bottom field in Emmer Green, Reading, where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Sunday.
Forensic officers at the tent in Bugs Bottom field in Emmer Green, Reading, where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Sunday.
Police survey the area as forensic tents are set up in Bugs Bottom field in Emmer Green, Reading, where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Sunday.
Police near the scene in Emmer Green, Reading where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed.
Police near the scene in Emmer Green, Reading where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed.
A police officer near the scene in Emmer Green, Reading where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed.
Police near the scene in Emmer Green, Reading where a 13-year-old boy died after being stabbed.
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The three, all from Reading, spoke in court only to confirm their names, ages and addresses.

Officers were called just before 4pm on Sunday to reports of a stabbing at the park, which is popular with dog walkers, joggers and families.

In a statement issued through police, Olly's family described the youngster as "an enigma" who "could get his own way with a wry smile and a cheeky grin".

They said: "An Olly-sized hole has been left in our hearts."

The teenagers will appear at Reading Crown Court on Thursday afternoon.

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