Reading has seen a number of lives become victim to knife crime and we must not forget the lives that have been lost.

The latest stabbings have left a hole in people's hearts within the Reading community.

Thames Valley Police have launched a series of murder investigations following the recent deaths of Yannick Cupido and Raheem Hanif.

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Earlier this month, 26-year-old Raheem Hanif died in Tilehurst after he was stabbed in the chest.

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On Sunday, Yannick Cupido, 24, died after he was stabbed in the chest in Caversham.

As a result, police Chief Constable John Campbell expressed his sadness following the tragic events.

He said: "We've had the dreadful incidents in January as we move into February. I cant recal Reading having so many murder investigations in such a short space of time.

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"There is always a sense of sadness when we lose anybody within Thames Valley.

"My job is as chief constable is to keep two and a half million people safe and there's challenges around that. We know we cannot stop every crime and every act of violence across society but there's the sense of tragic offences.

"I know that the officers and staff in Reading. Every day they come on duty and their only reason for being alive is to protect the public and when someonen loses their life they feel that really deeply."