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STABBED TO DEATH AS THEY WALK IN WOODS; Youth held after boys die.

Byline: By VICTORIA BONE and PAUL GALLAGHER

TWO school friends were stabbed to death after being ambushed in woodland close to their homes.

The bodies of Stephen Bayliss, 16, and 14-year-old Twood Nadauld were found on a footpath called Bluebell Walk. Stephen died of a single wound to the throat. A third boy escaped the attack.

Last night an 18-year-old named locally as Tom Palmer was being questioned on suspicion of murder. He was arrested after a suspect phoned police. Another 18-year-old was released without charge.

The families of victims Stephen and Thai-born Twood - known as T Wood - were being comforted in Wokingham, Berks.

As friends paid tribute at the death scene, one said: "There was another lad, Tom, who was with them when they were ambushed. His girlfriend called me to say he managed to get away and was being interviewed by police.

"Stephen was a great bloke, full of life, as was T Wood. He was a lively guy in school and when we were hanging around."

Stephen lived with parents David and Jeanette and sisters Laura and Emma in a five-bedroom house. A neighbour said: "They're a really nice family and he was a good kid. He'd just finished his GCSEs."

A postmortem on T Wood had still to be completed. He moved to Britain from Thailand with his mother. Yesterday, his mum was seen sitting on her doorstep, clutching a teddy bear and rocking back and forth.

Later, wailing uncontrollably, she was escorted to woods by family members. For several minutes she knelt down and wept before being led away.

Bouquets, with tributes in text message language, were left in the woods by friends, stunned at the killings on Sunday night.

Bracelets, bangles and a silver and diamond-effect chain were also left.

Choking back tears, a friend said: "That's for T Wood - he really loved his bling. He was a great mate." One tribute read: "T Wood, Steve, I'll miss you both so much! Love you always and forever, love Lil." Another read: "Boys, you did not deserve this. RIP you guys."

The two boys attended Emmbrook School in Wokingham, whose acting head Linda Peart said: "This tragic news will affect the whole school community and beyond."

Police said: "The attacks, the call and the arrests all happened within a very short space of time. We believe the victims and the two men arrested all knew each other.

"We are not looking for anyone else but would ask any witnesses to come forward."

Only 24 hours before the double killing a man in his late 40s or early 50s died from head injuries after a Saturday night fight in affluent Wokingham. Three men were arrested and one charged with murder.

-A GIRL of 18 was stabbed to death after she and a friend were approached by a gang while sitting in a parked car in Walworth, South East London, on Sunday. The unnamed victim got out of the car and was followed by one youth into a lane where she was attacked.

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GRIEF: Friends at the death scene yesterday; ARREST: Tom Palmer is 18; VICTIM: Popular T Wood
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Date:Sep 13, 2005
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