A 13-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death in a field near Reading.
Police launched a homicide probe after the boy was attacked this afternoon near a popular golf course in Emmer Green, Berkshire.
Emergency services rushed to the Bugs Bottom field just before 4 p.m. today – but the boy tragically died on the scene.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that he was stabbed in the neck.
The boy's family has been informed and no arrests have been made, police say, as they vowed to "leave no stone unturned" to catch his killer.
A 13-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death in a field near Reading. (Police at the scene, pictured)
Police (crime scene forensic scientist, picture) launched a homicide probe this afternoon after the boy was attacked in a field on a popular golf course in Emmer Green, Berkshire
One local resident said, “I know it was a young teenager who was stabbed to death. I heard that he died and that the homicide police were there.
“I'm so sadly sad about the boy's parents – what do they have to go through so soon after Christmas and into the New Year?
& # 39; It's a real tragedy. I didn't hear what started the attack, but the fact that the scene is in a field is pretty unusual. & # 39;
Police and plainclothes detectives were conducting door-to-door investigations within the police chain tonight.
The emergency services (local police, picture) rushed to the Bugs Bottom field shortly before 4 p.m. – but the boy tragically died at the scene
The boy was stabbed in the neck, according to unconfirmed reports. Pictured: a medical examiner on site
Emmer Green is an upscale suburb of Reading and north of the Thames.
It is a popular commuter village for people working in London as it is within walking distance of the main Reading to Paddinton rail lines.
Kevin Brown, Chief Investigator and Chief Detective of Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit, said, “This is a fast and dynamic investigation that is ongoing.
“We are in the very early stages of this investigation, but we believe the victim was attacked by two or three men who headed for Hunters Chase after the incident.
“There will be a very sizeable police presence in the St. Barnabus Road and Gravel Hill area for a few days, and we have very large scene surveillance.
“I would speak to anyone who has been to Gravel Hill this afternoon and believe that they have witnessed anything that may aid this investigation, so please contact the police if you have not already done so.
“This is an area that is used extensively by dog walkers and I believe there were witnesses to this terrible incident or that the perpetrators may have left the area quickly.
The boy's family has been informed and no arrests have been made, the police say (police vehicles, picture) when they vowed to "leave no stone unturned" to catch his killer
"I would ask anyone who has driven or driven in the area who has either a dash cam or a head cam to review the footage between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm and contact me if it picked up on this investigation could support.
“Similarly, many families go for walks in the area. So if anyone in the area took photos at that time, please check them out and contact us if you come across anything suspicious.
“I would also love to hear from someone with CCTV footage in the area. Can you check this and contact us again with anything that might help us with this investigation?
You can call the 24-hour number 101 using incident reference 1069 dated January 3rd or call the independent crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.
& # 39; This is a tragic and shocking incident that resulted in the death of a boy.
Police and plainclothes detectives were conducting door-to-door investigations within the police chain tonight. Pictured: local police
"We have specially trained family liaison officers to support the boy's family, and the thoughts of all of us within the force are with them during this extremely stressful time."
Reading Local Police Superintendent Superintendent Nick John added, “This is a shocking incident and I would like to reassure the community that we are working tirelessly to locate and detain the perpetrators.
“Of course, this incident will be of great concern to the local community, and I fully understand these concerns.
“I would like to reassure the community that we have left no stone unturned in this investigation and that we have dispatched a large number of police officers and employees to the region.
“If you have any concerns or information, please don't 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 determine what happened and to arrest anyone suspected of being involved.
"We have a strong local community, and I encourage anyone with information that will help us find the culprits. Please contact us and you can do so in strict confidence."
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