Multiple people were stabbed at Forbury Gardens, a park in the southern city of Reading, with at least three reported dead by local media. The site hosted a Black Lives Matter protest several hours before the incident unfolded.The Telegraph✔@Telegraph
What we know so far about the Forbury Gardens stabbing:
3 people are dead and at least two in hospital
Police treating attack as random
Paramedics and air ambulance are treating the wounded
All the latest here #rdgukhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/20/reading-stabbing-three-dead-two-hospital-attack-forbury-gardens/ …Reading stabbings: Man arrested after three feared dead in Forbury Gardens attack – latest newsPolice have arrested a man at the scene of stabbings in Reading in which three people are feared dead and two are in critical care in hospital.telegraph.co.uk686Twitter Ads info and privacy1,230 people are talking about this
The Telegraph reported at least three people have been killed, while two more have been hospitalized in critical condition.
Police, however, have yet to confirm any casualties, saying only that “a number of people sustained injuries”in the wake of the incident.
The alleged stabbing prompted a major police response.Libi Button@LOOBEANS87
X2 Air Ambulances flying into Kings Meadow Park due to the Forbury Gardens incident in Reading
Multiple ambulances as well as medical helicopters were seen responding to the incident.A medical helicopter seen at the scene of the stabbing. © Global Look Press / Keystone Press Agency / Peter Manning
A graphic video circulating online shows three wounded individuals lying on the grass in the park with multiple police officers and paramedics tending to them. A screenshot from the footage that have circulated on social media purporting to show the aftermath of the attack © Twitter
The leader of Reading Council, Councillor Jason Brock, described the event as a “serious incident” and urged the public to avoid the town center altogether.
A Black Lives Matter protest took place at the park earlier in the day. Police said, that the rally, that wrapped up some two hours before the reports about the stabbing started coming in, is not believed to be linked to the event.
“There is no indication that this incident is linked to the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading today,” police said in a statement on Twitter.Thames Valley Police✔@ThamesVPReplying to @ThamesVP
A man was arrested at the scene. It remains unclear whether there are any other suspects at large.
With little official information available, details of how police managed to stop what could have potentially turned into a full-blown carnage, have been leaked to local media.
The Mirror reported, citing sources, that a police officer confronted the knife-wielding attacker as he attempted to flee the scene by “rugby tackling him to the ground.”
While police have yet to release the identity of the alleged knifeman or shed some light on his motives, several media, including The Press Association news agency and Sky News, have already reported, citing sources, that the incident is believed to be terror-related.