NEWS DIGEST 21.06.2020: Mass stabbing in Reading leaves 3 dead


Today’s News Digest, on the occasion of Father’s Day in the UK, comes courtesy of Google News. Police in the English city of Reading have opened a murder probe after a mass stabbing in Forbury Gardens park left three dead and another three injured. Video was released of victims covered in blood, while an eyewitness reported seeing gruesome scenes of people with blood spurting from their necks and people dropping to the ground like heavy weights. A 25-year-old man was arrested pending charges. The attack occurred yesterday at 7.00 pm, it was reported across several news outlets – Reading stabbings murder probe: Police confirm three killed and three seriously hurt (Mirror)

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The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, expressed shock at the ‘appalling incident’ in Reading, which is near London. In response to the attack, Johnson tweeted: “My thoughts are with all of those affected by the appalling incident in Reading and my thanks to the emergency services on the scene.”. The UK’s policing and justice minister Kit Malthouse also condemned the stabbing attack as ‘horrific’ and urged people who videoed the incident not to circulate footage on social media – Boris Johnson speaks of ‘appalling incident’ after Reading stabbing attack (Largs & Milport Weekly News)

Other expressions of shock came from UK home secretary (interior minister) Priti Patel, who said she was ‘deeply concerned’ to learn of the attack, which is not believed to be terror related. Other national and local figures and even some celebrities have also publicly expressed their outrage, shock and sympathy at the crime, including television host Piers Morgan, and Reading city councillor Adele Barnett-Ward – Reading Forbury Gardens incident: national figures and celebrities respond (The Reading Chronicle)

Reading is an important commuter town for workers in the London urban area, and the transport network in London expressed solidarity with their city’s neighbour through a poignant message left on a train station noticeboard. The message, penned by an unidentified writer associated with the ‘All on the board’ group, who pen original poetry and inspirational quotes on boards around London’s Tube/Underground network, read: “Thoughts and prayers to the people who have lost their lives and those who have been injured after the terror attack at Forbury Gardens in Reading. “To the victims’ families and friends, we honestly don’t know what to say and know there is nothing we could say to make things better”. “Thinking of you all.”Poignant London Underground message pays tribute to victims of Reading stabbing (MyLondon)



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