Two air ambulances and several police cars have responded to a “serious incident” after multiple people are believed to have been knifed this evening. A distressing video on social media shows what appears to be victims of the attack. Witnesses and police were seen performing CPR on the possible stabbing victims who were bleeding on the ground in the park.
Two people have been rushed to hospital with stab wounds after being attacked in Reading town centre.
The casualties were taken to the emergency unit of the Royal Berkshire Hospital for treatment after an incident in Forbury Gardens, a spokeswoman told the PA news agency.
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.”
Reading stabbing: Police are responding to a mass stabbing in Forbury Gardens
Reading stabbing: Witnesses and police can be seen performing CPR on the victims
Freelance journalist Claire Gould, 33, who lives near the scene, told PA she saw the emergency vehicles land on the nearby Kings Meadow as a police helicopter circled overhead.
She described hearing lots of sirens and said surrounding roads and a retail park had been cordoned off by officers.
Leader of Reading Borough Council Jason Brock tweeted: “Concerning reports from Reading town centre – please stay clear of the area as Police are dealing with a serious incident. Reading Council are in touch with the emergency services and will support them as necessary.”
The stabbings took place at the site of Black Lives Matter protest in the town earlier in the day.
Responding to speculation on Twitter and messages from friends, Nieema Hassan, an organiser of the BLM demonstration, posted a video on Facebook saying: “It had nothing to do with the protest. They were very peaceful.”
She said the protesters had left before the incident happened.
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.”
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The National Police Chiefs’ Council, representing senior police officers, urged people on Twitter to avoid speculation or sharing of video or images of the incident.
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