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Police appeal for dashcam footage that could help investigation into Reading terrorist attack

Forbury gardens
Officers are maintaining a scenewatch at Forbury Gardens in Reading Picture: Phil Creighton

• Suspect can be detained until Saturday
• Three people have died
• Three injured people have left hospital
• Cordons will remain in place
• More than 100 officers and staff conducting police investigation

A CALL has gone out to drivers who were in Reading just before the terrorist attack on Saturday night to come forward. 

Police officers working on the investigation into the incident in Forbury Gardens that saw three much-loved people lose their lives are asking for witnesses to come forward. They also revealed that three people who had gone to hospital with injuries have since been released. 

Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) confirmed that a 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with this incident by three police officers near to the scene. Today, they were granted a warrant of further detention until Saturday, June 27, and the man remains in police custody.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “This investigation is continuing at a pace.

“We have a large team of officers and staff working to establish exactly what happened in the lead up to, during and after this incident.

“Our thoughts very much remain with the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured and affected as a result of this tragic incident.

“I would ask both the media and the public again not to speculate on any aspect of this case at this time as this could have an impact on the ongoing investigation and any future court appearances.”

Counter Terrorism Policing has taken on the responsibility for this investigation and said that it is keeping an open mind as to the motive for this attack.

More than 100 officers and staff are continuing to work through the information that has already been provided by witnesses and other members of the public and continue to appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.

They 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.

A number of items have been recovered from the scene and are currently being investigated by specialist teams.

DCS Barnes added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already been in touch. We have had a large amount of information come in to us via the reporting portal on www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk and via Thames Valley Police on 101, and have spoken to more than 50 witnesses at this time.

“Your information is vital and we would ask that you please continue to share this with us.

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

“We are aware of distressing mobile phone footage which was posted online in the immediate aftermath of the incident, and I would urge you not to re-share this. We would ask that this is shared with us as a priority.”  

A number of police cordons remain in place while the investigation continues and CTPSE thanks residents who have been impacted by this. CTPSE said that they will be releasing the cordons when they can. 

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

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