UK police declare Forbury Gardens stabbing terrorist incident
The UK police has on Sunday declared a stabbing rampage that took place on Saturday 20 June 2020 at Forbury Gardensin in the town of Reading as a terrorist incident.
In a statement by Thames Valley Police on Sunday, it was stated that Dean Haydon, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner “has this morning declared the incident a terrorist incident, and CTPSE will be taking over the investigation."
In the attack which happened on Saturday evening three people were killed and three others were seriously injured as they sat at the park on a summer evening.
The police has arrested a 25-year old man on Saturday at the scene on suspicion of murder. The man is said to be an Asylum seeker from Libya living in Reading.
Neil Basu Head of Britain’s Counter Terrorism said that the authorities are not looking for any other suspects in relation to the incident.
Lawrence Wort, a Personal trainer who was an eyewitness gave a brief account of the attack saying that there were groups of people at the park sitting on the grass when a person came around shouting and going around the groups trying to stab them.
"He stabbed three of them severely in the neck and under the arms, and then turned and started running towards me, and we turned and started running," said Mr. Wort.
The police has however cordoned off the road that leads to the park where the stabbing occurred with blue and white tents erected at the sight.
While speaking about the incident on Sunday, John Campbell, Thames Valley Police Chief Constable 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," added Thames.
He also said that such incidents are rare and that he understands the kind of concern the incident might have raised in the community.
Reacting to the incident on Sunday, Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister said,
"I am appalled and disgusted that people should lose their lives in this way and our thoughts are very much with the families and friends of the victims today."
The Prime Minister thanked Chief Constable of Thames Valley police and other officers for their bravery in tackling and arresting the suspect.
"If there are changes that need to be made to our legal system to stop such events happening again, we will not hesitate to take that action," Mr. Johnson assured.