An individual speaks to a police officer at a cordon after reported more than one stabbings in Reading, Britain (Reuters…Read More
LONDON: Three individuals are lifeless and 3 folks had been severely injured after a person went on a frenzied stabbing spree in a park the place a Black Lives Matter protest had taken position two hours previous.
Police, air ambulance, helicopters and ambulance crews rushed to Forbury Gardens within the middle of Reading, Berkshire – 40 miles from London – at round 7pm on Saturday to search out our bodies soaked in blood mendacity unresponsive at the grass.
Eyewitnesses stated they noticed a person shouting “unintelligible words” then get out a knife and get started randomly stabbing about 10 to 12 folks at the back of the neck and underneath the fingers who have been sitting in several teams taking part in the light. A lone police sergeant is reported to have rugby tackled the suspect to the bottom and arrested him. Home Secretary Priti Patel stated it was once a “senseless attack on people simply enjoying a Saturday evening”.
Those severely injured had been taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital the place they’re being handled for stab wounds.
By 10pm native time police showed they’d arrested one 25-year-old guy from Reading on the scene on suspicion of homicide. He is being held in police custody and is alleged to be a Libyan nationwide.
Armed police wearing frame armour have been observed armed with attack rifles raiding a block of apartments within the town after the assault. Police and counter-terrorism detectives swarmed the city all night time. It remained completely closed off with police cordons and highway blocks.
Police aren’t recently treating the incident as a terrorism incident however counter-terrorism detectives are at the scene serving to with the investigation, Thames Valley Police stated.
Detective leader superintendent Ian Hunter, Head of Crime, stated: “The Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit has launched a murder investigation following this incident. 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. This 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 stated the incident was once “not linked to the Black Lives Matter protest.” “It occurred around three hours after the protest had concluded,” he stated.
A spokesperson for South Central Ambulance Service stated an enormous selection of ambilance sources have been despatched to the scene together with 5 ambulance crews, one specialist practitioner, 3 ambulance officials, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), air ambulance helicopters, important care reaction gadgets and ambulance medical doctors. The spokesperson stated they assessed and handled “a number of casualties”.
UK high minister Boris Johnson stated: “My thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading and my thanks to the emergency services on the scene.”
Agra-born Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West and business secretary, stated: “My thoughts are very much with all at Thames Valley Police and others who are dealing with this incident and those who have been affected.”
A graphic video emerged on social media – which police suggested folks to not proportion – appearing 3 younger folks soaked in blood mendacity at the grass being given CPR via law enforcement officials and younger participants of the general public. A relaxed Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest had taken position in the similar location, concluding two hours previous.
Nieema Hassan, who organised the Reading BLM protest, stated the stabbings “had nothing to do with the protests.” She stated the protests have been “very peaceful.” “I am praying for the people that have been affected. I hope they are ok. The people from BLM are all safe and we had all left by the time this happened,” she stated in a video posted on Facebook.
The poster promoting those BLM protests stated it was once to be a “peaceful protest” that was once to start out at 1pm with a march, then adopted at 2pm via “voices of the community” and at 4pm there was once to be a “silence for victims unjustly killed”.
“We need to put steps in place to dismantle the system,” the poster learn. The Reading BLM protest was once one in all a number of protests that came about in several towns throughout Britain on Saturday, together with London.