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R.I.P. Olly Stephens

Olly Stephens was the victim of a fatal stabbing that happened in Bugs Bottom fields, Emmer Green in Reading, on Sunday.

THE bereaved family of a 13-year-old who was killed in a Reading park have paid tribute to their 'charming and beautiful' son.

A statement, issued by Thames Valley Police, said his family now face 'every parents' worst nightmare'.

It said: "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.”

Mr Stephens continued by adding that his wife, daughter would like to wholeheartedly 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,
Our families, neighbours, friends and colleagues who have sent their valued love and support

RCE News would like to express their condolences to the family and all concerned.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown, head of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said:

“I would urge anyone who has any information that they believe is relevant to this investigation, no matter how small you think it is, to please get in touch.

“If you do have any images or footage I would ask that you please do not share it on social media, but instead report it to us.

“You can make a report by calling 101 or online, quoting reference 43210002635.

“If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.”

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