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Police respond to ‘serious incident’ in Reading town centre

Images on social media showed emergency services and a police presence with roads cordoned off.

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Roads have been cordoned off (David Cheskin/PA)

Roads have been cordoned off (David Cheskin/PA)

Roads have been cordoned off (David Cheskin/PA)

Two air ambulances and several police vehicles have responded to a “serious incident” in Forbury Gardens, a park in Reading town centre.

Images on social media showed emergency services and a police presence with roads cordoned off on Saturday evening.

The leader of Reading Council Jason Brock tweeted: “Concerning reports from Reading town centre – please stay clear of the area as Police are dealing with a serious incident.”

Freelance journalist Claire Gould, 33, who lives near the scene, told the PA news agency she saw the emergency air ambulance vehicles land on the nearby Kings Meadow as a police helicopter circled overhead.

She described hearing lots of sirens and said surrounding roads and a retail park had been cordoned off by officers.

Thames Valley Police said on Twitter: “We are aware of reports of an incident in Forbury Gardens, Reading.

“Officers are on the scene and investigating the incident.”

A Black Lives Matter protest had taken place at the park earlier in the day.

PA