At around 7pm on Saturday June 20 Police and emergency services attended the scene of a suspected terror attack in Forbury Gardens. 

Reading stabber Khairi Saadallah, 26, has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to three murders and three attempted murders.

James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, all died, while three others - their friend Stephen Young, and Patrick Edwards and Nishit Nisudan, who were sitting in a nearby group - were injured.

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What happened in Forbury Gardens?

At around 7pm on Saturday June 20 Police and emergency services attended the scene of a terror attack in Forbury Gardens. 

Thames Valley Police launched a murder investigation after three people were killed, soon after the investigation was handed over to Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE).

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Was it a terror attack?

Police confirmed the next morning, Sunday June 21 that the knife attack in Reading was being treated as terror-related.

The investigation is was led by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East.

While the suspect has pleaded guilty to the murder and attempted murder charges, the courts have not convicted anyone on terrorism offences related to this attack. 

Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police said at the time: "Incidents of this nature are very rare, though I know that will be of little comfort to those involved and understand the concern that this incident will have caused amongst our local community."

Reading Chronicle: Armed police officers at a block of flats off the Basingstoke Rd in Reading after an incident at Forbury Gardens in Reading town centre. PAArmed police officers at a block of flats off the Basingstoke Rd in Reading after an incident at Forbury Gardens in Reading town centre. PA

Pictures show the dramatic moment a large number of heavily armed police officers raided a block of flats in Reading following a major attack in Forbury Gardens.

Multiple police officers with guns were seen entering a block of flats off the Basingstoke Road, Reading.


Who was arrested in connection to the attack?

Thames Valley Police confirmed that officers arrested a man at the scene.

The man arrested over a terror attack in Reading's Forbury Gardens that left three dead was named as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan asylum seeker.

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What is the current terrorism threath level in the UK? 

On November 3, the UK's terror threat level was raised from 'substantial' to 'severe' - Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed.

The move follows an attack in Vienna on Monday, November 2, that left at least three dead.

At the time of the Reading terror attack in June 20, the threat to the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) from terrorism was SUBSTANTIAL, meaning "an attack is likely".

The single national threat level includes Islamist, Northern Ireland, left-wing and right-wing terrorism

Was it a stabbing?

Yes. There were multiple unconfirmed reports of a series of stabbings circulating for hours. Police have confirmed they were called to Forbury Gardens, Reading at around 7pm following reports of a stabbing that had taken place.

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What about the videos circulating on social media?

We are aware that several videos and images had been shared on social media at the time.

As journalists and your local press, we have a responsibility to the public and our community. We will be as sensitive as we can while reporting this and ensure we get facts corroborated by emergency services, and will not be posting upsetting or distressing videos.

Thames Valley Police said: "We would ask members of the public not to share images or videos of the incident on social media, but instead to report these to the police.

“We would like to hear from anyone who has video footage. Out of respect for those deceased and injured, along with their loved ones, please do not circulate this footage on social media – this will be incredibly distressing.

“If you have any information about this incident, please contact us on 101 quoting reference 1159 20/6.”

Has the Government said anything about Forbury Gardens?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said: "My thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading and my thanks to the emergency services on the scene."

East Reading MP Matt Rodda echoed the sentiment. He said: "My thoughts are with all those affected by the dreadful incident this evening and I want to thank Thames Valley Police for their response." 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has tweeted about the incident, too.

Council Leader Jason Brock has said it’d be deeply wrong to engage in speculation and asked people to stay away from the area, adding that Reading Council will support emergency services as needed.

Similarly, Labour Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward for Caversham has asked people to keep away from the area and let emergency services do their job at this time.