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Three killed in Reading park stabbings – UK police

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Three killed in Reading park stabbings – UK police

A 25-year-old man from Reading was detained at the scene and has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police officers and their vehicles are seen at a cordon at the scene of reported multiple stabbings in Reading, Britain on June 20, 2020 (Reuters) Three people were killed and three seriously hurt in a summer-evening stabbing attack in a park in the English town of Reading, police said on Sunday. They said it was “not currently” being treated as a terrorism-related offence and the motive was unclear.

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Thames Valley Police force said officers arrested a 25-year-old local man at the scene on suspicion of murder and they were not looking for anyone else.

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There is no intelligence to suggest that there is any further danger to the public,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter.

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“This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident; however, officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident,” Hunter added

He said detectives from the counter-terrorism unit were supporting the investigation

British media had earlier reported that police suspected a terrorist motive and that the man arrested was Libyan. Police did confirm that or release the suspect's name

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his “thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading.”

Wide ranging police cordon in #reading as reports of multiple fatalities after nearly a dozen stabbed at site of BLM/Antifa Marxist rally. pic.twitter.com/HEoMW2iVOu

— Jack Dawkins (@DawkinsReturns) June 20, 2020 The violence erupted around 1900 GMT as families and friends were enjoying a warm, sunny evening in the Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of about 200,000 residents 64 kilometres (40 miles) west of London

Witnesses reported that police cars and helicopters descended on the park. Within minutes police had blocked off several roads, and two air ambulances landed nearby

Personal trainer Lawrence Wort said the park was full of groups socialising on the grass when “one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.”

“He stabbed three of them, severely in the neck, and under the arms, and then turned and started running towards me, and we turned and started running,” Wort said

“When he realized that he couldn’t catch us, he tried to stab another group sat down. He got one person in the back of the neck and then when he realized everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park.”

Police said that “a number of people were injured and taken to hospital. Tragically, three of these people died, and another three sustained serious injuries.”

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading said it was treating two casualties from the incident

Deeply concerned to hear reports of an incident in Reading

A 25-year-old man from Reading was detained at the scene and has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police officers and their vehicles are seen at a cordon at the scene of reported multiple stabbings in Reading, Britain on June 20, 2020 (Reuters) Three people were killed and three seriously hurt in a summer-evening stabbing attack in a park in the English town of Reading, police said on Sunday. They said it was “not currently” being treated as a terrorism-related offence and the motive was unclear.

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Thames Valley Police force said officers arrested a 25-year-old local man at the scene on suspicion of murder and they were not looking for anyone else.

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There is no intelligence to suggest that there is any further danger to the public,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter.

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“This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident; however, officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident,” Hunter added

He said detectives from the counter-terrorism unit were supporting the investigation

British media had earlier reported that police suspected a terrorist motive and that the man arrested was Libyan. Police did confirm that or release the suspect's name

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his “thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading.”

Wide ranging police cordon in #reading as reports of multiple fatalities after nearly a dozen stabbed at site of BLM/Antifa Marxist rally. pic.twitter.com/HEoMW2iVOu

— Jack Dawkins (@DawkinsReturns) June 20, 2020 The violence erupted around 1900 GMT as families and friends were enjoying a warm, sunny evening in the Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of about 200,000 residents 64 kilometres (40 miles) west of London

Witnesses reported that police cars and helicopters descended on the park. Within minutes police had blocked off several roads, and two air ambulances landed nearby

Personal trainer Lawrence Wort said the park was full of groups socialising on the grass when “one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.”

“He stabbed three of them, severely in the neck, and under the arms, and then turned and started running towards me, and we turned and started running,” Wort said

“When he realized that he couldn’t catch us, he tried to stab another group sat down. He got one person in the back of the neck and then when he realized everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park.”

Police said that “a number of people were injured and taken to hospital. Tragically, three of these people died, and another three sustained serious injuries.”

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading said it was treating two casualties from the incident

Deeply concerned to hear reports of an incident in Reading.

My thoughts are with everyone involved, including police and emergency responders at the scene

— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) June 20, 2020 Black Lives Matter protests 

The incident came hours after a Black Lives Matter protest took place at Forbury Gardens but organisers said the incident did not appear to be connected to the event

Nieema Hassan, one of the organisers of Saturday’s protest, said demonstrators had left by the time the violence occurred. In a social media post, she said she was “praying for the people that are affected. I hope they’re OK.” 

Source: TRTWorld and agencies