Reading stabbing attack – live: Suspect in custody after three people killed, as Boris Johnson urges people not to share footage of ‘appalling incident’

Three people have died and another three lie seriously injured after being stabbed by a knife-wielding assailant in a park in Reading on Saturday evening, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

The attack took place at around 7pm in Forbury Gardens in the town centre, with police subsequently arresting a 25-year-old Libyan man at the scene on suspicion of murder.

In response to the incident, 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.”

Three people have died and another three lie seriously injured after being stabbed by a knife-wielding assailant in a park in Reading on Saturday evening, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

The attack took place at around 7pm in Forbury Gardens in the town centre, with police subsequently arresting a 25-year-old Libyan man at the scene on suspicion of murder.

Officers added the incident is not currently being treated as terror-related and they are not looking for anyone else after the attack on Saturday at around 7pm.

Detective chief superintendent Ian Hunter said: “We have made one arrest and at this stage we are not looking for any other people in connection with this incident.

“There is no intelligence to suggest that there is any further danger to the public, however we urge people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious by calling police.”

There was a initially a suggestion that the incident was being treated as terror-related but Hunter said terrorism was not being considered as the motive.

“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 said.

At least two casualties are being treated in the emergency department of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Hunter urged people to continue to stay away from the area as police conduct their investigation.

“Police cordons continue to be in place and are likely to be for some time as we work to establish the circumstances of what has happened. You will also see an increased police presence in the area as we continue to make enquiries.

“I would urge the public to avoid the area at this time and thank the community for their patience.

“The thoughts of everyone at Thames Valley Police are with those who have been affected by this tragic incident and I understand the concern that this will have caused amongst the community.

“Please be assured that safety of the public is our primary concern and we will do all that we can to investigate this incident robustly and bring those responsible to justice.”

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