POLICE have launched an investigation after a teenager was stabbed at Reading Carnival.

The incident happened at Prospect Park on Bank Holiday Monday at around 4.55pm.

Those who organise the carnival have expressed their sadness that the incident, as well as anti-social behaviour from a small number of people, blemished the day.

The victim, believed to be an 18-year-old man, was attacked by a group of men in the park, where the main event was taking place.

He was rushed to hospital, having suffered minor injuries, but he has since been discharged.

Organisers behind the carnival have said they will be discussing the incident ahead of next year's event.

Sonia Walker, chair of Reading Caribbean Cultural Group, said: "I can't express my disappointment, actually anger, in the behaviour of some of the youth this year.

"After months of struggling, putting in the effort seven days a week, you choose to jeopardise this event for the majority.

"To the people of Reading and those beyond, thank you for your support. By you attending, it makes our efforts rewarding. It is simply fulfilling and awesome to see you all enjoy the event, it is our driving force.

"You, the Reading community are the reason we continue to push this event and I will continue as long as I have it in me."

Thames Valley Police would like to hear from anyone who has information about this incident.

Call 101 quoting reference the reference number '43190158950' or visit: thamesvalley.police.uk if you can help.