Family and friends of the victims of the 2020 Forbury Gardens attack were joined by local notables at a service marking the fourth anniversary of the atrocity.

The service was held in the gardens this evening, with Cllr Glenn Davis - the Mayor of Reading - acting as keynote speaker.

Also present were the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Alexander Barfield, and the MP for Reading East, Matt Rodda.

On June 20, 2020, Khairi Saadallah embarked on a stabbing spree in Forbury Gardens.

James Furlong, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails - three friends who had been out enjoying the sun - were killed, and a number of others were left seriously injured.

The attack shocked the nation, and prompted an outpouring of grief locally.

In 2021, Saadallah was handed a whole-life jail sentence - the most serious an English court can impose - over the murders.

For the fourth anniversary event, the victims' loved ones laid flowers at the gardens' bandstand.

In an address, the mayor said: "The families of David, James and Joe: we can only imagine what you have gone through for the past four years.

"We cannot lessen your pain, but we can share it, and we stand with you.

"We also know that the impact is still felt by those injured, or others who witness the events of that summer's evening four years ago."