TWO teenagers were knifed by a ‘gang of males in masks’ in a tiny cul de sac opposite a playground last night.
Police have launched an attempted murder probe after a knifeman was seen sprinting away from the scene with a blade as the boys, both 16, were hurt.
The shocking incident happened in a small street with fewer than 20 homes in Tilehurst, Reading.
Police were called to reports of a knifing just before 11.30pm.
One of the victims suffered one stab wound to his chest, and is described as ‘walking wounded’
The second sustained multiple stab wounds to his chest and shoulder.
Both have been taken to hospital.
Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
No arrests have been made.
Witnesses said they saw a group of males running away from the street towards a nearby play park.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Hall of Thames Valley Police said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation.
“Initial investigations have identified a male running away from the scene potentially carrying a knife.
“It is believed he was running off in the direction of the Cotswold Play Park with a group of other males.
‘MALES IN MASKS’ RAN OFF TOWARDS PLAY PARK
“All are described as wearing dark clothing and face masks.
“Additionally upon arrival, a large number of other young people were on the scene.
“We have not identified any suspects at this stage, but are conducting enquires, including reviewing CCTV footage and have a police presence in the area while we investigate this incident.
“I am aware of the significant concern that this incident will cause in the local community, but I would like to re-assure them that we are investigating this as an utmost priority.
“Our scene-watch will be in place for some time while we try to ascertain exactly what has happened.”
He said residents will notice more police in the area while the investigation continues.
“Clearly, the carrying and using of knives is completely unacceptable, and we will robustly pursue those responsible for this incident and seek to bring them to justice,” DCI Hall said.
He called for anyone with information to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 43200286779.
“The victims are not believed to be in life-threatening conditions, but this does not lessen the severity of what has happened, and we are working hard to establish the full facts and seek to arrest the offenders as a top priority,” he said.
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