Mum’s loving tribute to Birmingham teen Joseph Riches fatally stabbed in Stourbridge

Joseph Riches’ devastated mum pays tribute to her son who was murdered in Stourbridge
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The grieving mum of a Birmingham teenager who was killed at the weekend has paid tribute to her son.

Joseph Riches, aged 16, from Bartley Green, was stabbed in Coventry Street, Stourbridge, on Saturday evening and was conveyed to Rowley Regis where he sadly died.

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His mum has paid tribute to her only son, saying: “Joe wanted nothing more than to grow up and be a dad. He will never get the chance to do that now and for a mom, that is truly devastating. Joe loved going to the gym and was just a happy and loving son. I want to appeal to people to help the police to find out what happened to my son and would ask anyone that can help to come forward with information.”

Four people have now been charged with murder of Joe and were due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (Tuesday, July 18). They are, 19-year-old Dray Simmonds, 19-year-old Joshua Edgington and two 16-year-old boys who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Dray Simmonds and one of the 16-year-old boys have also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon. Detective Inspector Laura Harrison, from West Midlands Police homicide department, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family of Joe who are devastated by the loss of their child.

“Our investigation is still ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who can help us piece together what happened to get in touch with us. We’ve been exploring CCTV and making enquiries and I’d like to thank the public and local community for supporting us so far.”

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A WMP spokesperson added that there will be increased police activity in and around Stourbridge bus station as officers continue to appeal for information. “Anyone who can help is urged to contact us via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101 quoting log 3668 of 15/7. Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” they said.