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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 19:17 GMT 20:17 UK
Man remanded over killing of boys
Steven Bayliss (left) and Twood Nadauld (right)

An 18-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of two boys found stabbed to death in a field.

The bodies of Steven Bayliss, 16, and 14-year-old Nuttawut Nadauld - known as Twood were found in Wokingham, Berkshire, on Sunday evening.

Thomas Palmer, of Blagrove Drive, Wokingham, appeared before Reading magistrates on Wednesday.

He was ordered to remain in custody until a preliminary hearing at Reading Crown Court on 3 October.

Support and counselling

Meanwhile, police and council chiefs have sent an open letter to residents assuring them that Wokingham "remains a safe and peaceful environment".

The letter was written in the names of Paul Turrell, deputy chief executive of Wokingham District Council, and Lindsey Finch, local area commander for Thames Valley Police.

It reads: "We want to reassure you on a number of issues.

"Wokingham district is a low-crime area and remains so.

"We have never experienced a comparable incident in this area before.

'Sense of outrage'

"Over the next 24/48 hours, local police officers and community wardens will be available and visible in the Finchampstead and Barkham area in order to speak to local residents.

"Support and counselling are being provided to family and friends of the victims."

On Wednesday evening, 300 people filled the village church in Barkham, near to the wooded spot where the boys were found, for a service of prayer and reflection.

Members of the boys' families, school friends and local councillors attended "out of a sense of outrage at what had happened", said minister the Reverend Piers Bickersteth.

He said the service aimed to bring "comfort from being together and comfort from God".

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