On the evening of the 20th of June 2020 reports of a string of stabbings had been reported in Reading, England.
Unconfirmed, but regarding the attack it appears the attack was stopped when a lone police sergeant, who responded when the alarm was raised, ran to the scene, saw the attacker running away with a knife and rugby tackled him to the ground.
Police attended at around 7pm along with other emergency services. Officers arrested a man at the scene who is now in police custody. A number of people sustained injuries and were taken to hospital. There is no indication that this incident is linked to the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Reading today.
Dan, a 26-year-old local, said he was drinking wine in the park with two friends when he noticed a commotion about 20 metres away.
He described how he and his friends had chosen a spot to sit and enjoy the sunshine when he saw a man approach a group “just in a circle chatting”.
The man drew his attention because he appeared to be racing around the group “tapping them on the head”.
Reflecting on the disturbing moment he realised it was an attack, Dan said: “I thought they were playing duck duck goose and thought someone had been sick, we realised it was blood spraying out.”
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He and his two friends sprang up and began running as they saw the attacker move toward another group in what he thought was a random attack.
Dan said he saw the man take a blow to a woman’s neck- but couldn’t be sure if he was using a knife as he and his friends never got a close look at the weapon.
The woman “dropped like a weight,” Dan said.
Four people were on the ground and “immobile”, and there may have been additional victims, he said.
He added: “I saw a man with his face bleeding but stood up. When the first 2 people were stabbed the group stood up, and two of the people who dropped to the ground were stood up.”
Below is a video from the scene, VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.