Teenager charged with Rhys murder

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A 17-year-old boy was tonight charged with the murder of Rhys Jones, with five others also charged in connection with the schoolboy's death.

Eleven-year-old Rhys was shot dead on August 22 last year in Liverpool as he walked home from playing football.

Merseyside Police said that two men, aged 24 and 25, and three youths aged 15, 16 and 17 were charged with assisting an offender. The 16-year-old was also charged with possession of a firearm.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly, paid tribute to Rhys's parents Stephen, 45, and Melanie, 42, for their support and patience throughout the eight-month investigation.

Mr Kelly said: "It has been a complicated inquiry which is reflected in the number of charges today.

"I would personally like to thank Stephen and Melanie Jones for their support and patience throughout this investigation.

"They have shown courage, strength and dignity during what must have been a truly terrible time for them."