Two teens are on trial accused of attempted murder over the stabbing of another youth - allegedly following a row over a fake Louis Vuitton handbag.

The defendants - who cannot be named for legal reasons - stand accused of attempted murder and wounding with intent.

They appeared in the dock for the trial opening at Reading Crown Court today (June 11) wearing suits.

The charges stem from an incident in Caversham in the early hours of August 9 last year. The defendants deny all charges against them.

Opening the trial, prosecuting barrister Patrick Dennis said that, just after midnight, a youth was stabbed in Hemdean Road. He was left with life-threatening injuries, and required emergency surgery.

The court from Mr Dennis that, a day prior to the incident, the youth stole a fake Louis Vuitton handbag from one of the defendants.

The prosecution claim that, following a fiery row over social media, the defendants plotted to ambush and stab the other boy in Caversham.

In a group chat shown to jurors - which one of the defendants was part of - users other than the youths on trial speak of 'shanking' the victim over the handbag theft.

Mr Dennis said these threats point to the violent nature of the dispute.

He told the court: "He [the defendant in the group chat] would've been well aware that there was talk of stabbing in relation to this theft."

Mr Dennis said the youth who lost the handbag arranged to meet with the thief in Hemdean Road, and brought the other defendant along with him.

The prosecution stress that only one of the defendants was directly involved in the stabbing.

However, they allege that he went to the scene with the intent of stabbing the other youth - and that the other defendant must have known of this plan in advance.

Mr Dennis said of this: "He was well aware that he [the other defendant] had a knife."

The defendants deny all charges against them.

The trial continues.