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Three feared dead in ‘terror incident’ as cops arrest man following mass stabbing attack

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THREE people are feared to have been killed in a mass stabbing at a Reading park this evening which is being described as a “terror incident”.

A distressing video on social media has shown four people on the floor, surrounded by witnesses and officers.

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Victims were seen lying on the floor covered in blood as cops performed CPR[/caption]

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There is a large police presence and at least two air ambulances landed nearby[/caption]

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Clusters of witnesses and cops huddled around victims[/caption]

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A source said there had been three fatalities, but this has not been confirmed by police or emergency services.

In the video, officers were seen giving CPR to the victims who were covered in blood.

One person can be heard shouting: “He’s still breathing”, while another, presumably a medic, is asking for a defibrillator.

Authorities have urged people not to share the shocking footage on social media.

The multiple stabbing is suspected to be terror-related, a security source has told the PA news agency.

The security source added that the man who has been arrested is Libyan.

At least two people are being treated for knife wounds in hospital.

One eyewitness, who said he was around 10 metres from the scene, said the attack looked “completely random”.

Lawrence Wort, 20, a personal trainer from Chippenham, said: “So the park was pretty full, a lot of people sat around drinking with friends 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.

“When he realised 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 realised everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park.”

Dan, 26, told The Mirror he saw blood spurting and victims dropping “like a weight” as a man appeared to be “tapping them on the head”.

He said: “I thought they were playing duck duck goose and thought someone had been sick, we realised it was blood spraying out.”

The knifeman “shouted some unintelligible words,” according to another witness, before stabbing his victims in the neck and under their arms.

A source told the Mirror a hero police cop spotted a suspect running away with a knife and “rugby tackled him to the ground”.

Thames Valley Police said: “Police attended at around 7pm along with other emergency services.

“Officers arrested a man at the scene who is now in police custody.

“A number of people sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.

“A police cordon is in place in Forbury Gardens as officers investigate. We are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “My thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading and my thanks to the emergency services on the scene.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “Deeply concerned to hear reports of an incident in Reading.

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

Cops have not revealed any details about the serious incident but they have said an investigation is underway.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police tweeted: “We are aware of reports of an incident in Forbury Gardens, Reading.

“Officers are on the scene and investigating the incident.”

Earlier today a Black Lives Matter protest was held in the park with the Forbury Gardens bandstand used to deliver speeches.

BLM organisers said the violence was not connected to the protest.

Nieema Hassan said in a video message posted to Facebook: “They were very peaceful and we worked with the police liaison.

“In terms of the protest and the people who attended from Black Lives Matter, we’re all safe. None of us are affected. We had all left by the time this happened.”

Thames Valley Police said: “There is no indication that this incident is linked to the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading today.”

Councillor Jason Brock, leader of Reading Council, tweeted: “Concerning reports from Reading town centre – please stay clear of the area as Police are dealing with a serious incident.

“@ReadingCouncil are in touch with the emergency services and will support them as necessary.”

An eyewitness tweeted: “Not looking good down here folks so best avoid round by The Forbury and let the emergency services do their thing. We are lucky to have them.”

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Cops have put in place a cordon around Forbury Gardens[/caption]

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A long line of police cars could be seen at Forbury Gardens[/caption]

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A huge police presence is on the scene [/caption]

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There is no suggestion that anyone from the protest is involved in this evening’s incident[/caption]

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The bandstand in the park was used during a Black Lives Matter demonstration earlier today [/caption]

 



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