Birmingham: Two teens arrested over murder of Dea-John Reid, 14

Dea-John Reid, 14, was chased down a road and fatally stabbed on Monday (Picture: PA)

Two further arrests have been made over the murder of Dea-John Reid, 14, who was chased down and knifed to death in Birmingham this week.

A 14-year-old boy from Wolverhampton and a 16-year-old boy from Great Barr were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.

Dea-John was chased down College Road, in the city’s Kingstanding area, and stabbed at about 7.30pm on Monday.

Three people have already been charged over the killing of Dea-John, including another 14-year-old boy.

Michael Shields, 35, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday charged with the youngster’s murder.

Shields, from Castle Bromwich, will appear at the same court for a plea hearing on August 5 and a provisional trial date has been set for February 28 next year.

Dea-John‘s family have appealed for calm, following social media rumours encouraging retribution

A forensics officer at the scene on College Road, Kingstanding, north of Birmingham, where a 14-year-old boy died after being stabbed on Monday evening. Police have launched a murder investigation and are hunting up to seven people in connection with the attack. Picture date: Tuesday June 1, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Kingstanding . Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

Forensic officers at the scene on College Road, where Dea-John was killed (Picture: PA)

Two other suspects, George Khan, 38, from Birmingham, and a 14-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the city’s magistrates’ yesterday.

They were remanded into custody until Tuesday where they will appear at Birmingham Crown Court.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said detectives were continuing to ‘work diligently’ on the case.

The force added: ‘It comes as the family of Dea-John have appealed for calm in our communities following his tragic death.

‘It follows social media rumours encouraging trouble in retribution for the teenager’s murder this weekend.’

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