Michael Shields charged with the murder of Dea-John Reid

Michael Shields, from Castle Bromwich, has been charged with the murder of Dea-John Reid. Post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.

The 14 year old was chased and stabbed to death on College Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on Monday.

West Midlands Police comfirmed that the 35 year old will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with his murder.

A 38-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy remain in custody for questioning. Two men, aged 36 and 33, and a 13-year-old boy have been released without charge.

Police said racist language was directed at Dea-John before he was killed and urged any witnesses to come forward.

Dea-John’s family paid tribute to the “incredibly talented” teenager and called for an end to knife crime, saying: “How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?”

West Midlands Police have voluntarily referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after “looking at previous incidents involving the victim”.