Reading stabbing attack: What we know so far

Police were called to Forbury Gardens in Reading town centre Credit: Claire Gould/Twitter/PA

Three people have died following a mass stabbing attack in Reading’s town centre.

Here is what we know so far about the incident:

  • A number of people were stabbed by a man in Forbury Gardens in Reading’s town centre around 7pm on Saturday night.

  • Thames Valley Police said three people have died and another three were seriously injured.

  • The stabbing attack is now being treated as a terrorist incident, after it was initially thought to be not related to terrorism

  • Thames Valley Police said a man, aged 25 from Reading, was arrested at the scene and taken into police custody. They have since launched a murder investigation.

Map showing the location of the stabbing in Reading. Credit: PA Graphics
  • Lawrence Wort, 20, who said he was around 10 metres from the attack, said the attacker “shouted unintelligible words” before attacking multiple groups of people, adding: “when he realised everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park.”

  • South Central Ambulance Service said five ambulance crews as well as two air ambulance services were among the resources sent to treat the casualties.

  • TVP added there was no indication that the incident was linked to a Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading earlier in the day.