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Two teenagers stabbed in 'attempted double murder'

Two teenagers have been stabbed, with police launching a manhunt for the knifeman.

Officers are treating the attack on the 16-year-olds as attempted murder.

One had a wound to his chest while the other had multiple injuries to his chest and shoulder, after the incident in Tilehurst, Berkshire, at around 11.30pm last night.

Their injuries are not deemed life-threatening.

Both were taken to hospital for treatment.

The suspects fled the scene before emergency services arrived.

All the individuals were wearing dark clothing and face masks.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Hall said: ‘We are in the very early stages of this investigation, and there is a scene-watch in place in the vicinity of Lucey Close off Warbeck Drive, Tilehurst, near to the Cotswold Play Park.

‘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.

‘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 and our scene-watch will be in place for some time while we try to ascertain exactly what has happened.

‘You will notice an increased police presence in the area while our enquiries continue. 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.

‘I would urge anyone who believes that they witnessed the incident, or have CCTV or camera phone footage of what happened to make contact with police immediately and provide us with this information.

‘I would ask anybody that is in possession of any footage to please not share this on social media, but to contact us directly.

‘If you believe you know who the offender or offenders are, please also get in touch.’

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