Girl, 13, and two boys charged after autistic teenager stabbed to death

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Girl, 13, and two boys charged after autistic teenager stabbed to death
Undated handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of 16-year-old Olly Stephens who died after being stabbed at Bugs Bottom fields, Emmer Green, in Reading on Sunday. Four boys and a girl, aged between 13 and 14 and from Berkshire, are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 5, 2021. See PA story POLICE EmmerGreen. Photo credit should read: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Olly Stephens, 13, was stabbed to death in Emmer Green in Reading on Sunday (Picture: PA)

Three teenagers have been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm after an autistic 13-year-old was stabbed to death in Reading.

Oliver Lucas Stephens, who was known as Olly, died at the scene of the attack at Bugs Bottom fields, Emmer Green.

A 13-year-old girl and two boys, 13 and 14, have been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

The trio, all from Reading, have been remanded in custody to appear in court on Thursday.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoff Swaine/REX (11679924u) Floral tributes are left outside Highdown school where Oliver Stephens was a pupil Floral tributes to murdered teen Oliver 'Olly' Stephens, Emmer Green, Berkshire, UK - 05 Jan 2021 Flowers and tributes are left outside Highdown school where Oliver Stephens was a pupil (Picture: Geoff Swaine/REX) Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoff Swaine/REX (11679924e) Oliver Stephens friends leave tributes and read the messages left outside Highdown School Floral tributes to murdered teen Oliver 'Olly' Stephens, Emmer Green, Berkshire, UK - 05 Jan 2021 Olly ’s friends leave tributes and read the messages left outside Highdown School (Picture: Geoff Swaine/REX)

Two other boys, both aged 13, have been released on bail with strict conditions until February 1.

Olly ’s family described the youngster as ‘an enigma ’ who ‘could get his own way with a wry smile and a cheeky grin ’.

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They said: ‘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.

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. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday January 4, 2021. Thames Valley Police have said five teenagers aged between 13 and 14 are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. See PA story POLICE Reading. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Forensic officers at the murder scene in Bugs Bottom field in Emmer Green, Reading (Picture: PA)

‘We now have only memories. An Olly-sized hole has been left in our hearts. ’

The family described the ordeal as ‘every parents ’ worst nightmare ’.

But they want to highlight the people who tried to help Olly at the scene, including ‘a Good Samaritan that tried valiantly to save Oliver ’, an off-duty doctor who offered help, and the emergency services.

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

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