Some social media posts, initially said the attack happened during the Black Lives Matter protest. But Lawrence Wort, a 20-year-old personal trainer who said he had been a witness of the attack, disputed that. He said that the event was completed in less than three hours before the stabbing.
“The park was pretty full, lots of people sitting around drinking with friends when a lonely person walked through, suddenly shouted a few unintelligible words and made the tour a large group (about 10 people), trying to stab him,” Mr. Wort said in a message on Twitter.
He said that the eyes of the man “looked like he was on some kind of drug.” The attacker has stabbed three people in the neck and under the arms before turning and running towards Mr Wort, who said that he ran to escape.
The attacker then turned his attention to another group of people who were sitting down, the stab in the back of the neck, Mr. Wort said. When he realized that everyone had started to run, the attacker has left the park, ” he continues.
“Tonight, we have seen a senseless attack on the people simply enjoy a Saturday evening with family and friends,” British home secretary Priti Patel said in a statement early Sunday. “My heart, prayers and thoughts are with all those affected and to the people of Reading who will be deeply shocked and concerned by this terrible incident.”