Brum teenager arrested as part of Oxford murder probe

Tobias Bruce -Credit:Thames Valley Police
Tobias Bruce -Credit:Thames Valley Police

A teenager from Birmingham has been arrested by detectives as part of a murder probe. It follows the death of Tobias Bruce 80-miles away in Oxford.

The victim was stabbed during an incident in College Lane, Littlemore, just after 6pm, on Sunday, February 25. Thames Valley police said an 18-year-old man, from Birmingham, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 33-year-old man, from Stratford-upon-Avon, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. They have both been released on bail.

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The latest arrests follows a 21-year-old woman, from Stratford-upon-Avon, who was held on suspicion of assisting an offender. Two other men have been charged with murder.

Police have previously charged George Stephens, 27, of no fixed address, with murdering Mr Bruce and wounding another man. Ryan Byrne, 34, from Stratford-upon-Avon, was also charged with murder and two counts of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

In a tribute, Tobias' family previously said: "It would be fair to say that being a parent is not always easy. Tobias at times has not always made the right choices in life, however my love as his mum has and always will be unconditional, it has never faltered. Nothing will ever be as hard as the challenge I face now as a mum that has to continue without my beautiful boy.

“To not hear his infectious laugh or his loud voice saying one of his many phrases “get ya head down will ya”, “lovely bit of kit” or seeing his beautiful smile that lights up all of our lives. No longer hearing of the storms he has cooked up in the kitchen; his passion for cooking and music was insatiable.

“His aspirations for his future always gave him the hope and strength to continue no matter what challenges he faced, he never gave up- sharing in his new job and how he hoped to progress in it. Tobias was not just my son but a loving brother, partner, nephew and cousin, and most of all a doting father who adored his beautiful girls and would often share with anybody who would listen, how proud he was and how they were his biggest achievement in life.

“His sister brought great joy to his life of whom he was so proud, as did his friends whom many he saw as brothers. One thing without a doubt is he was never short of love.”

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