Three people dead after attack in British city
Three people have died and two are in critical care in hospital after a mass stabbing in Reading, a UK city located west of London.
A distressing video shared on social media shows four people on the ground in a park, surrounded by witnesses and police officers.
In the footage, officers are seen giving CPR to the victims, who are covered in blood.
One person can be heard shouting, “He’s still breathing,” while another is asking for a defibrillator.
The UK Telegraph reports three people were declared dead at the scene and two were transferred to the emergency department at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Reading is a major commuter town located around 70 kms west of London and near to Heathrow Airport.
Police have arrested a man and are understood to be treating the incident as a random attack. They’re asking the public to avoid the area.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel has tweeted that she is “deeply concerned”.
Police have not revealed any details about the attack, merely describing it as a “serious incident”, but an investigation is under way.
Earlier today a Black Lives Matter protest was held in the park. There is no suggestion that anyone from the protest was involved in the stabbing.
“Not looking good down here folks so best avoid round by The Forbury and let the emergency services do their thing. We are lucky to have them,” one witness tweeted, according to The Sun.