Scene of attack at Forbury Gardens in Reading, UK
Scene of attack at Forbury Gardens in Reading, UK Reuters

British counter-terrorism police officers are assisting in investigating multiple fatal stabbings in a park in Reading, Sky News reports.

Three people are confirmed to have died and another three are seriously injured following the attack which took place on Saturday at around 7:00 p.m. (local time).

A 25-year-old man, from Reading, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody, according to Sky News.

Thames Valley Police said they have launched a murder investigation and are keeping an open mind as to the motive, and although they are not currently treating it as a terrorist-related incident they are being supported by colleagues from Counter-Terrorism Command.

A witness told of how he saw a man walk up to a group of about 10 people and stab some of them in the neck and under the arms, adding the attack looked "completely random".

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter, of Thames Valley Police, said, "We have made one arrest and at this stage we are not looking for any other people in connection with this incident.

"There is no intelligence to suggest that there is any further danger to the public, however we urge people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious by calling police,” he added.

"This is not currently being treated as a terrorism incident, however officers are keeping an open mind as to the motivation for the incident and are being supported by colleagues from Counter Terrorism Policing South East."

While a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest took place at the park earlier on Saturday, police have confirmed the attack was not connected to the protest.

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