Following the attack in Reading last night (20 June), the leader of the council, James Swindlehurst and chief executive, Josie Wragg, have released a statement on behalf of Slough Borough Council.
“We, along with our residents, stand with the country today in condemning the horrendous attack in Reading.
“This was a cold-blooded murder of innocent people enjoying a sunny evening in a local park; something which has become more important than ever as we come out of lockdown.
“There is no justification, no explanation that excuses such horror.
“Reading is our neighbour, our friend and we have reached out to our colleagues there and offered to help in any way we can as they lead their communities – so reflective of all Slough’s communities – through this tragedy.
“Our thoughts remain with the victims, their friends and families and all those affected by the traumatic scenes of last night. We hope the wishes of people from across the country and the world help everyone in Reading and beyond who have been rocked by this attack.
“The stories of heroic actions by police and those who gave first aid to victims on the scene without thought to their own safety show us the inherent good of people and we urge Slough’s communities to stand together, united against those who try to divide us, celebrating our diversity and tolerance, rejecting extremism and hate.”