Man stabbed in Wokingham street remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition – don’t share images warn police

Fight involved five men; 18-year-old remains in police custody on suspicion of GBH

MORE details have emerged of the stabbing that took place in Wokingham’s town centre on Monday evening.

A man in his late 20s remains in hospital today with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

And police are urging members of the public NOT to share graphic images of the incident, which have been circulating on social media.

Thames Valley Police said that they were called to Station Approach around 9.50pm following reports of a fight between five people.

The victim, a man in his late twenties, was taken to hospital with serious injuries where he remains in a stable condition.

An 18-year-old man from Farnborough, Hampshire, has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He remains in police custody.

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A police cordon remains in place along parts of Station Approach, including scrubland by the Wokingham Railway Station car park, the Crisis House and parts of The Station Tap’s beer garden.

A spokesperson for The Station Tap pub contacted The Wokingham Paper to say that the pub was not involved in last night’s incident.

They said:  “We are shocked to learn a young person was stabbed in close proximity to our business as he left the nearby train station.

“We have handed over our external CCTV in order to assist police with their investigation as they pursue the attackers.”

Now police are appealing for witnesses to the attack to come forward.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Ash Mohmood, of Force CID at Reading, said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation and have arrested one person in connection with the incident.

“I am appealing to anybody who witnessed the assault, or who believes they know anybody involved, to call police.

“The victim suffered serious, but thankfully not life-threatening injuries, and remains in hospital.

“I believe that a group of men jumped out of a dark-coloured hatchback vehicle, possibly a Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo to attack the victim before making their escape.

“They are all aged in their late teens to early twenties and were wearing hooded tops.

“This is, of course, a concerning incident, but I would like to reassure the community that I believe this to be an isolated incident.

“I would urge anybody who has any information about the incident, no matter how insignificant you may think this is, to contact police.

“There will be a continued police presence in the area while our investigation continues. Please do not hesitate to speak to one of our officers if you have any concerns or any information that may assist the investigation.

The Station Tap
The police cordon included parts of The Station Tap’s beer garden

“We are also aware that there may be images of the incident circulating via social media.

“I would urge members of the public not to share as it is disrespectful to those affected and the images or footage may be used as evidence in court.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 101 quoting reference URN 1423 (1/4).

If you do not wish to speak with police directly, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or make a report online.

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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