Dash cam footage sought for stabbing incident in Reading

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Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) are appealing for witnesses of the stabbing incident in Reading to come forward.

Saturday’s stabbing attack (20.06) in Forbury Gardens has been declared an act of terror and the investigation has been taken over by the Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE).

Khairi Saadallah, a 25-year-old man from Reading, was arrested in by three police officers near to the scene. Today, Detectives were granted a warrant of further detention until Saturday 27 June, which means that Mr. Saadallah will remain in police custody until at least that date whilst investigations continue.

As the incident happened in a public space and only a few hours after a Black Lives Matters protest had concluded (the two are unrelated), the park area was heavily populated and many witnesses were able to capture the incident on their phones and provide that footage to Police.

More than 100 officers and staff are working through the information that has been provided by witnesses and other members of the public, and several items that were taken from the scene are being analysed by specialist teams.

Whilst there are many witnesses from the Park and local are already working with Police, Police are still appealing for anyone that may have additional information to come forward.

In a Statement issued on the evening of Monday 22 July, Police say:

“[We] are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have been driving in the area before or at the time of the incident, and who may have dash-cam footage which could be of use to the investigation.”

DCS Barnes added:

“You may think your information is insignificant, but it could be a vital piece of this investigation, so please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting Operation Vaselike.

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