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Police have confirmed that yesterday's stabbing in Reading has been declared a terrorist incident, after three people were killed and three others seriously injured.
Officers had been called to Forbury Gardens in Berkshire at about 7pm on Saturday, with a 25-year-old man arrested for murder at the scene.
Thames Valley Police said its Major Crime Department had been working closely with officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East throughout the night.
In a statement issued today, Thames Valley Police said: "Counter Terrorism Policing can now confirm that the stabbing incident that happened in Reading last night has now been declared a terrorist incident.
"Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) have been working closely with Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Department throughout the night.
"Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, Senior National Coordinator for the Counter Terrorism Policing network, has this morning declared the incident a terrorist incident, and CTPSE will be taking over the investigation."
The man arrested last night remains in custody.
Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police added: "I am deeply saddened by the events of last night.
"This was a truly tragic incident and the thoughts of Thames Valley Police are with all those who have been affected.
"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."
:rotating_light:' UPDATE- Murder investigation Reading@TerrorismPolice can now confirm that the stabbing incident that happened in Reading last night has now been declared a terrorist incident.
We continue to work together with Counter Terrorism Policing SE.
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- Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) June 21, 2020
Campbell continued: "We will be working closely with our partners over the coming days and weeks to support the Reading community during this time, as well as with CTPSE as they progress their investigation.
"Police cordons continue to be in place and are likely to be for some time as CTPSE work further to investigate this incident and establish exactly what happened.
"I would urge the public to avoid the area at this time and thank the community for their patience. We will let you know as soon as the area is back open.
"I would also ask that the public avoid speculation.
"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."
Police said yesterday that there was 'no indication' the stabbing was linked to the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading earlier in the day.
Counter Terrorism Policing will be issuing a further statement later today.
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