UPDATE @ 12.30 PM | British Police have confirmed three people have died after being stabbed in a horror knife attack in England.
Officers were called to Forbury Gardens at Reading, west of London, about 7pm local time following reports that a number of people had been stabbed.
Sadly, three people have died, while another three remain in hospital with serious injuries.
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A 25-year-old man from Reading was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter said a major murder investigation is now underway.
“We have made one arrest and at this stage we are not looking for any other people in connection with this incident,” he said.
“There is no intelligence to suggest that there is any further danger to the public”.
Superintendent Hunter confirmed the stabbing is “not currently being treated as a terrorism incident”.
“However officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident and are being supported by colleagues from Counter Terrorism Policing South East.”
He also rejected claims that the incident was linked to a Black Lives Matter protest which took place in Reading earlier in the afternoon.
“I can confirm that this incident is not connected. It occurred around three hours after the protest had concluded,” he said.
“We are also aware that the incident was captured on mobile phones and would like to hear from anyone who has video footage. Out of respect for those deceased and injured, along with their loved ones, please do not circulate this footage on social media.”
Investigations are continuing.
EARLIER @ 7.00 AM | A major incident is unfolding in the UK this morning, with multiple people stabbed in a park at Reading.
There’s reports three people have been killed, while another two have been rushed to hospital and are fighting for life.
Local police have confirmed the incident and say one man is currently in custody.
“Officers, along with other emergency services were called to Forbury Gardens, Reading at around 7pm following reports of a stabbing that had taken place,” Thames Valley Police said in a statement.
“Officers arrested a man at the scene who is now in police custody.”
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, says she is “deeply concerned” by today’s horrific attack.
“My thoughts are with everyone involved, including police and emergency responders at the scene.”
There is currently a police cordon in place at Forbury Gardens, with people being urged to avoid the area while officers are on scene.
“We would ask members of the public not to share images or videos of the incident on social media, but instead to report these to the police.”