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Wednesday, 17 July 2024 – 21:35

Stabbing attack declared as terrorist incident, police say

Counter Terrorism Policing have confirmed that the stabbing incident that happened in Reading on Saturday night has now been ‘declared a terrorist incident.’

On Saturday evening, reports had emerged of an incident in Forbury Gardens, Reading, with two air ambulances reported to have attended the scene.

Three people died in the incident and another three people sustained serious injuries.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Counter-Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) are taking over the investigation.

In a statement, Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police said;

“I am deeply saddened by the events of last night.

“This was a truly tragic incident and the thoughts of Thames Valley Police are with all those who have been affected.

“Incidents of this nature are very rare, though I know that will be of little comfort to those involved and understand the concern that this incident will have caused amongst our local community.

“We will be working closely with our partners over the coming days and weeks to support the Reading community during this time, as well as with CTPSE as they progress their investigation.”


Members of the public are being urged to avoid the area and cordons continue to be in place. Police have asked that members of the public do not share footage of the incident on social media, but instead report any information to the police by phoning 101 and quoting reference 1159 20/6.

The police force said on Saturday evening, “There is no indication that this incident is linked to the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading today.”



This is a developing story.

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