Police at the Abbey gateway of Forbury Gardens in Reading town centre following a multiple stabbing attack in the gardens. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
British police on Sunday said that a deadly stabbing spree in a park in the southern English town of Reading is now being treated as a terrorism incident.
“Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, senior national coordinator for the Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) network, has this morning declared the incident a terrorist incident,” Thames Valley police said in a statement, adding that CTP South East will taking over the investigation.
Thames Valley Police said a 25-year-old man from Reading was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.
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.
Personal trainer Lawrence Wort, 20, who said he was 10 metres from the attack, told PA: “The park was pretty full, a lot of people sat around drinking with friends, when one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.