Multiple people are feared to have been killed in a mass stabbing at a Reading park this evening which is being described as a “terror incident”.
A distressing video on social media has shown four people on the floor, surrounded by witnesses and officers.
In the video, officers were seen giving CPR to the victims who were covered in blood.
One person can be heard shouting: “He’s still breathing”, while another, presumably a medic, is asking for a defibrillator.
Authorities have urged people not to share the shocking footage on social media.
Sources suggested to the BBC that several people have died at Forbury Gardens but this has not been officially confirmed by cops.
Dan, 26, told The Mirror he saw blood spurting and victims dropping “like a weight” as a man appeared to be “tapping them on the head”.
He said: “I thought they were playing duck duck goose and thought someone had been sick, we realised it was blood spraying out.”
The knifeman “shouted some unintelligible words,” according to another witness, before stabbing his victims in the neck and under their arms.
A source told the Mirror a hero police cop spotted a suspect running away with a knife and “rugby tackled him to the ground”.
Thames Valley Police said: “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.
“A police cordon is in place in Forbury Gardens as officers investigate. We are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his thoughts were with those affected by the “appalling” incident
Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “Deeply concerned to hear reports of an incident in Reading.
“My thoughts are with everyone involved, including police and emergency responders at the scene.”
Cops have not revealed any details about the serious incident but they have said an investigation is underway.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police tweeted: “We are aware of reports of an incident in Forbury Gardens, Reading.
“Officers are on the scene and investigating the incident.”
Earlier today a Black Lives Matter protest was held in the park with the Forbury Gardens bandstand used to deliver speeches.
BLM organisers said the violence was not connected to the protest.
Nieema Hassan said in a video message posted to Facebook: “They were very peaceful and we worked with the police liaison.
“In terms of the protest and the people who attended from Black Lives Matter, we’re all safe. None of us are affected. We had all left by the time this happened.”
Councillor Jason Brock, leader of Reading Council, tweeted: “Concerning reports from Reading town centre – please stay clear of the area as Police are dealing with a serious incident.
“@ReadingCouncil are in touch with the emergency services and will support them as necessary.”
An eyewitness tweeted: “Not looking good down here folks so best avoid round by The Forbury and let the emergency services do their thing. We are lucky to have them.”