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Teenage boy charged with murder after 14-year-old found dead in Wolverhampton

Police have this evening charged a teenage boy with the murder of a 14-year-old school girl.

She was murdered after being reported missing during the school holidays. Her body was found in a park in Wolverhampton.

A member of public found the body of Viktorija Sokolova’s on Thursday morning, with a post-mortem examination concluding she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

West Midlands Police arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of murder, he has been bailed pending further investigation.

The teenager has since been charged with murder and is due to appear at Dudley Magistrates Court on Monday.

Family and friends have paid tribute to Viktorija, who was born in Lithuania, her family described her as a “little angel”.

They said: “Viktorija was like a little angel, she made our lives so colourful and full of meaning.

“We can’t believe she has left us at such a young age. We will never forget you our sweetheart.

“You will be living in our hearts, soul and mind forever. Goodbye our little angel.”

West Park is expected to remain closed over the weekend while a comprehensive forensic examination is conducted.

Superintendent Harvi Khatkar, of Wolverhampton Police, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Viktorija’s family and friends at this terrible time.

“We fully understand that people will be really concerned about what has happened, but we have a dedicated team of detectives working on the investigation.

“Extra patrols will be taking place in the area and I’d encourage anyone with concerns to speak to their local officers.”

Any information should be given to the force’s homicide unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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