A statement from Reading UK with regard to the appalling attack which took place in Forbury Gardens on Saturday 20 June. 

Reading is a diverse city with a strong community spirit that welcomes everyone. This attack will not alter how we go about our everyday lives.

At this time in the COVID pandemic, words are all we have to express our sorrow. To the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and were injured, we send our heartfelt condolences and best wishes.

We would also like to express our gratitude to both the emergency services and the people of Reading who, as expected, are remaining steadfastly positive in the face of adversity but also calm, rationale and believing in the amazing power and good of our people.

Following the awful events of last Saturday, Reading Borough Council has launched the #readingtogether website to act as the go-to place for information about events, memorials, condolences, practical information (eg road closures) and victim support related to the awful attack of 20 June. 

There will also be an online vigil held in honour of the victims on Saturday 27 June at 7PM – exactly one week after the horrific attacks.  The vigil will bring people together to light a candle on their doorstep or put a light or candle in their window and to stand in solidarity with #ReadingTogether. The online vigil can be joined via a live stream on the Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Readingcouncil.  An online book of condolence has also been opened on the #readingtogether website


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