THE leader of the borough council has praised the bravery of police officers who attended the scene of a terror attack in Reading at the weekend.

Three people died and at least three more were injured after multiple stabbings in Forbury Gardens, Reading, early on Saturday evening.

The suspected attacker, 25-year-old Reading resident Khairi Saadallah, remains in custody having been arrested at the scene.

The Sunday Mirror reported that a police officer “rugby tackled” the suspect to the ground, while Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu noted that the officers who attended were unarmed.

Councillor Phil North, leader of Test Valley Borough Council, has spoken out after the “horrific” incident and paid tribute to the bravery of those officers involved.

Commenting via his social media page, he wrote: “Horrific to read the accounts of those who witnessed the multiple stabbings in Forbury Gardens, Reading last night. An incident that the police are now treating as a terrorist attack. It’s especially concerning when something like this happens so close to home, just over the border in Berkshire.

“Thoughts, of course, with the families and friends of those who have sadly died.

“Whilst further details will emerge in the coming days and questions will be rightly asked about the status of the Libyan who has been arrested - one thing we can be certain of is the bravery of the Thames Valley Police officers that attended last night.

“They ran towards danger when others were running away - and for that we should be incredibly thankful.”