THE National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) has issued a message of support to the LGBT community in the wake of the Reading terror attack.

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, James Furlong and David Wails were killed during the incident in Forbury Gardens on June 20.

Tributes for the three men poured in from across the country, including from the LGBT community across the town.

"Their loss is a tragedy to so many people," Reading Pride chief executive Martin Cooper said.

"They will be sorely missed by myself personally and many in the community."

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A vigil was held by members of the LGBT community and allies outside the Blagrave Arms pub on Monday where the men were regulars.

Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke, NPCC lead for LGBT+ issues, said the attacks were "horrifying".

In a message to the UK's LGBT community, she said: "We cannot speculate on the motive behind these awful crimes and we must not do or say anything to prejudice the investigation, which I can assure you is moving at speed.

"But I know from speaking to many of you and hearing from our LGBT+ police officers and staff that this horrific incident in Forbury Gardens has caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety.

"For individuals or communities who may be concerned, I want to reassure you that, so far, officers have found nothing to suggest that there were any other people involved in the attack.

"There is also nothing to suggest particular communities are at risk."

June is Pride month in the UK, with many organisations showing their support for the LGBT community.

Many Pride events are also held during the month, with the large 2020 Pride in London parade originally scheduled for Saturday.

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However, most of these events are now being held online or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing requirements.

DCC Cooke continued: "Pride normally gives the opportunity for LGBT+ people and allies to come together, to celebrate being themselves, meet up with friends and show their support for each other, but this year it will be very different.

"There are a number of virtual Prides in many parts of the country and this reinforces the need to continue to look out for each other and care for each other.

"It is a sad reality that even in 2020 Britain, LGBT+ people still suffer abuse and are victims of hate crime."

"Enjoy this year's Pride celebrations and stay safe," she added.