Boy, 13, is ‘stabbed to death’ as police launch murder probe and cordon off area

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The death of a 13-year-old boy in Reading has sparked a murder probe.

Thames Valley Police were called to the "serious incident" in Emmer Green on Sunday afternoon.

Police have since confirmed a schoolboy had died and a murder probe is under way after the young teen was stabbed.

The incident took place on Sunday evening, shortly after dusk.

Earlier this evening, Thames Valley Police tweeted: "We are currently on the scene of a serious incident in fields near to St Barnabas Road, Gravel Hill, Emmer Green.

"Members of the public are asked to please avoid the area while officers deal with the incident. More details will follow."

No arrests have been made.

One local resident who was in Gravel Hill Road said: "I know it was a young teen who has been stabbed. I have heard that he has died and that murder squad police are at the scene.

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"I feel so desperately sad for the lad's parents – what must they be going through – so soon after Christmas and into the New Year? It is a real tragedy. I haven't heard what sparked the attack but the fact the scene is in a field is quite unusual."

Local news outlet, Berkshire 24/7, gave further details of the knife attack.

They report: "It is understood that. a teenager has been stabbed in the back  of the neck.

"A crime scene has been established and is expected to remain in place well into this evening."

Local traffic may be affected by the incident – with police said to have closed off Cherwell Road and Gravel Hill.

The news website adds: "Police are asking drivers to avoid the area, making alternative travel arrangements where possible."

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