A TEENAGER was confronted while riding his bike by a gang before he was stabbed.

At around 10.20pm on November 7, a 15-year-old boy was riding his bicycle along Waylen Street.

He was confronted by four boys, one of whom stabbed him.

The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers are investigating this incident and a 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

He remains in police custody at this time.

This is the second stabbing incident to be reported by Thames Valley Police in as many days.

An 18-year-old man, was walking his dogs when he was assaulted by a group of young males, at the St Ronan’s Road junction with Waverley Road.

He was stabbed a number of times in the legs and torso, and the offenders then fled in the direction of Grovelands Road.

Senior investigating officer, detective inspector Dave Turton of Force CID based at Reading police station, said: “We are carrying out a thorough investigation into this incident.

“At this stage we do not believe that this was a random attack and that the victim and the offender are known to each other.

“We are asking anyone who may have CCTV of dash-cam footage of the incident or has witnessed this incident to come forward.

“As we continue to investigate this incident members of the public will see an increased police presence and extra patrols will be carried out in the area.”

Anyone with information should call 101 or can go to our website quoting reference 43180340980.

Or if you wish to report anonymously you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

Peter Bowyer, chairman of the Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum, added: "Residents are feeling increasingly unsafe on the streets.

"Coming as it does just a few days after a man was stabbed several times while walking his dogs near Prospect Park and an armed robbery further along Oxford Road, this incident is just the latest in a growing tally of violent crimes in Reading.

"Our local Neighbourhood Policing teams do what they can, but their resources are limited.

"It's increasingly difficult to get though to TVP's contact centre on the 101 number to report crime and anti-social behaviour, and when you do, their ability to respond in any meaningful way to anything other than the most serious of incidents has reduced significantly.

"Many local residents have simply given up reporting things unless there's an emergency, so official figures no longer represent what's actually happening.

"A step-up in resources is clearly needed to break this cycle, and restore the police's to respond to the public's concerns and keep us safe."