THREE teenagers have been charged with murder following the death of 13-year-old Olly Stephens on Sunday.
The suspects – a 13-year-old girl and two boys, aged 13 and 14 – will appear in the dock this morning.
Three teens have been charged with the murder of Olly Stephens
The teen was allegedly knifed in a field near his home
Olly was allegedly knifed in the back of a neck in a field in Emmer Green, a leafy suburb of Reading.
The spot is just 250 yards from the home where he lived with parents Amanda and Stuart Stephens and older sister Emilia.
The teens charged tonight cannot be named for legal reasons.
Each faces a further count of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, while two have also been charged with perverting the course of justice.
Two other boys, both aged 13, have been released on bail until February 1.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown of Thames Valley Police has called for anyone with information to call cops.
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.”
Olly’s distraught family paid moving tribute to him earlier this week as they spoke of facing “every parents’ worst nightmare”.
Olly’s family have paid moving tribute to the teenCredit: Rex Features
Forensics specialists combing the field where Olly died on Sunday
His sister took to Instagram to say she was sorry for ‘failing’ him
They said: “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.”
The family also thanked those who battled to save their “hilariously funny, charming and beautiful” son.
They continued: “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 could get his own way with a wry smile and a cheeky grin.
“He always stood his ground and fought for the underdog while having an amazing depth of love, warmth and wit.”
Olly’s sister Emilia also paid tribute to her younger brother, saying: “I’m so sorry I failed you, I wish I could have saved you from it all.
“We will get justice for you my angel.”
She posted two touching images of Olly alongside the post – including one of him as a baby.