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Image caption Teacher James Furlong was described as a "cherished" colleague by the Holt School Tributes have been paid to a "wonderfully talented and inspirational" teacher who was killed in the Reading stabbing attack. James Furlong, head of history at Holt School in Wokingham, was described as "a very kind and gentle man" with "a real sense of duty". Mr Furlong was in Reading's Forbury Gardens, a park near the centre of town, when witnesses say a lone attacker with a knife targeted a group of people. Khairi Saadallah, a 25-year-old man who lived locally, was arrested at the scene and remains in custody. As head of history and government and politics, the letter singled out Mr Furlong's "passion for his subject" and "his dedication".
The letter said lessons would be cancelled on Monday, with counsellors available at school for staff and students. One of the victims in the Reading terror attack has been named by The Holt School in Wokingham as James Furlong, its head of history and government and politics. Mr Furlong was stabbed to death 7pm on Saturday in Forbury Gardens in the town centre, in an incident that also left two others dead, and three people injured. A letter from the school, which has been shared online, describes Mr Furlong as a "kind and gentle man" who had a "real sense of duty and cared for each and every one of our students". The first victim of the Reading stabbing attack has been named as schoolteacher James Furlong.
Mr Furlong was one of three people who died after being stabbed in a park in the centre of Reading at around 7pm on Saturday. Counter Terrorism Policing South East have taken over the investigation after declaring the stabbings to be a terrorist incident. Reading Terror Attack: In pictures Show all 9 left Created with Sketch. Reading Terror Attack: In pictures 1/9 READING, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: A view of the outside of the top floor of a block of flats on the Basingstoke Road on June 21, 2020 in Reading, England. A lone attacker targeted groups of people socialising in Forbury Gardens stabbing them in the neck in what police are treating as a terror incident.
EPA/ANDY RAIN EPA 7/9 Police officers carry flowers left by people next to the police cordon at the scene of multiple stabbings in Reading, Britain, June 21, 2020. REUTERS 8/9 Flowers are laid close to the scene where three people were stabbed in Forbury Gardens in Reading, Britain, 21 June 2020. British Police have now declared the stabbing incident where three people were killed and other three seriously injured in a park in Reading, a terrorist attack. The 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene in Forbury Gardens. Responding to the news, Wokingham Labour tweeted: "Devastated to discover that James Furlong, one of the victims of the Reading stabbings, was a teacher at the Holt. James Furlong was one of three people killed in the terror attack (Picture: EPA/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd) One of the victims in the Reading terror attack has been named as James Furlong, a teacher at The Holt School in Wokingham. A letter from the school, which has been shared online, describes Mr Furlong as a 'kind and gentle man' who had a 'real sense of duty and cared for each and every one of our students'. Responding to the news, Wokingham Labour tweeted: 'Devastated to discover that James Furlong, one of the victims of the Reading stabbings, was a teacher at the Holt.'His loss is a devastating blow to his family, colleagues, students, the wider Holt family and our whole community. Teacher James Furlong was one of the victims (Picture: Vagner Vidal/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd) Floral tributes are seen at a police cordon at the Abbey Gateway near Forbury Gardens park (Picture: Getty) James Furlong was head of History, Government and Politics (Picture: Vagner Vidal/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd) The Prime Minister has said he was 'appalled and sickened' after police declared the murder of three people in a park to be a terrorist attack. The incident, which took place at 7pm on Saturday in Forbury Gardens in the town centre, also left another three people injured. A 25-year-old man from Reading was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody. A police cordon close to the scene where three people were stabbed (Picture: EPA) Personal trainer Lawrence Wort, 20, who said he was around 10 metres from the attack, said: 'The park was pretty full, a lot of people sat around drinking with friends, when one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.