Multiple people injured in 'incident' at United Kingdom park

Multiple people injured in 'incident' at United Kingdom park

Multiple people injured in 'incident' at United Kingdom park

Thames Valley Police (TVP) said three people had died and another three were seriously injured in the incident.

As counter-terror officers investigate, mental health was understood to be considered a major factor in the latest incident.

Personal trainer Lawrence Wort said the park was full of groups sitting on the grass Saturday evening when "one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them".

The man held by police on suspicion of killing three people in Reading is Khairi Saadallah.

"From our enquiries undertaken so far, officers have found nothing to suggest that there were any other people involved in the attack, and presently, we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident", he said in a statement, adding that detectives were working with security services to ensure there was "no related outstanding threat to the public".

Today there is still a strong police presence in Reading town centre, as well as outside the top-floor flat.

Some 36 people were killed in four attacks in Britain blamed by authorities on terrorism in 2017, the most deadly of which occurred at the end of a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, northern England, with other attacks at London Bridge and near parliament. They said it was "not currently" being treated as a terrorism and the motive was unclear.

They add that the Saturday evening attack it is "not now being treated as a terrorism incident". Overnight, heavily armed officers entered an apartment about a mile away, and a loud bang was heard. He joined Iain Dale to give an instant reaction to the announcement that the stabbings in Reading on Saturday night have been declared as a terrorist attack.

The arrested man is reportedly a Libyan national.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being briefed on developments.

However we are clear that it was not associated at all with the Black Lives Matter protest, which was taking place peacefully earlier in the day, and which had concluded some hours before this attack took place.

"In terms of the protest and people that attended from Black Lives Matter, we're all safe, none of us are affected", she wrote on Facebook.

"Isolation may exacerbate grievances that make people more vulnerable to radicalisation - such as financial insecurity or social alienation", Chief Superintendent Nik Adams said. "I would just really ask that people stay alert as they were before".

The knife attack took place in Forbury Gardens in the centre of the city in Berkshire.

Airline worker Carlos Garcia Pascual was walking to his home near Forbury Gardens when emergency vehicles and police officers descended.

Matt Rodda, a lawmaker who represents Reading in Britain's parliament, said the park, located in a historic area of the town, was typically busy on a Saturday evening.

Fellow counsellor Adele Barnett-Ward echoed the sentiment, tweeting: "Very concerning news coming in about a serious incident in Forbury Gardens #Rdg #rdguk".

In November past year the United Kingdom terror threat level was reduced to "substantial".

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