England: Boy (13) stabbed to death – teenagers lured victims with Snapchat messages – News abroad

Reading – In the UK, police have arrested five teenagers aged 13 and 14 for murder. The four boys and a girl are said to have stabbed 13-year-old Oliver Stephens in the city of Reading. You are in custody.

Apparently, instant messaging service Snapchat played a role in the act, UK media reports. It is suspected that Oliver could have been lured into a park, writes the “Times”. The boy died on the scene, 250 meters from his parents’ home. It is believed that the girl knew the victim.

The police have confiscated the phones of the murdered student and the five suspects, reports the “Sun”. In search of a motive, investigators sifted through Snapchat messages written a few hours before the murder committed. Because: The murder was probably preceded by a dispute on social networks, writes the “Telegraph“.


Two coroners on their way to the tent that was set up at the crime scene in Bugs Bottom Park

Two coroners on their way to the tent that was set up at the crime scene in Bugs Bottom ParkPhoto: dpa

At around 4 p.m. on Sunday, the police were called to Bugs Bottom Park after reports of a knife fight. According to the Times, a woman who was walking her dog said she walked through the park around 3:30 pm on Sunday and saw a group of young people standing near the forest. She described the scene as “a little unusual”.


The park is popular with walkers and dog owners

The park is popular with walkers and dog ownersPhoto: dpa

The police called on the population to help. The park is popular with walkers and dog owners, someone will certainly have observed something unusual around the time of the crime on Sunday afternoon, according to the authority. The chief of the police association, John Apter, was appalled by the act: “Terrible, so many lives are destroyed by it,” he said.

Fatal violence among young people – particularly knife attacks – has been a major problem in British society for years.

The retired Chief Superintendent of the Met Police, Mick Neville, was shocked to the “Sun” by the gruesome teenage murder in Reading, in the royal county of Berkshire. “It’s a place more associated with the pageantry and ceremony of Windsor Castle and the fun of Legoland than the brutal fatal stabbing of children by children,” he said.


Police officers near the crime scene on Sunday evening

Police officers near the crime scene on Sunday eveningPhoto: dpa

The ex-chief inspector: “YouTube and other social media sites are used by violent gangs to brag about their activities and it is easy for youngsters to be influenced by them. Social media can also be used to incite violence to others. “

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