Three teenagers arrested after child is stabbed to death in skate park brawl

22 September 2019, 16:20

The victim, also 15, was stabbed in Salt Hill Park in Slough
The victim, also 15, was stabbed in Salt Hill Park in Slough . Picture: Google

By Kate Buck

Two 15-year-old boys and a third 17-year-old have been arrested after a child was knifed to death during a brawl in a skate park.

The victim, also 15, was stabbed in Salt Hill Park in Slough on Saturday about 6.30pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and has not been formally identified.

Detectives believe the boy was stabbed during an "altercation" with a group of other boys.

It is believed those involved were known to each other.

All three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of murder and are in police custody, Thames Valley Police confirmed.

A post-mortem on Sunday afternoon confirmed the victim's cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.

His next of kin has been informed and continue to receive support from officers.

DCI Andy Shearwood said: "This is a fast moving investigation and we have made an early arrest as we continue to carry out our enquiries.

"The arrested person is a 15-year-old boy and he is currently in police custody.

"Our investigation is continuing and our officers are working to ensure we identify all of those responsible for this offence.

"Members of the public will see an increased police presence in the area today as we continue to carry out enquiries.

"I would like to further reassure people that we believe that all of those involved in this incident were known or associated with each other, and that this was not a random attack.

"I would also like to continue to appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to come forward and speak to police. Your information could be vital to our investigation and in bringing those responsible to justice.

"Anyone with any details which could be relevant to us should call 101, quoting reference number 1240 21/9."

Alternatively, people can make a report anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or on the Thames Valley Police website.