Weeklies use front pages to mark anniversary of terrorist attack

A weekly newspaper cleared its front page to remember the victims of a terrorist attack two years ago.

Independent title Reading Today used a poster front, showing an image of the Forbury Lion statue lit up in remembrance.

James Furlong, who was 36, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 49 and David Wails, 49, were killed in Forbury Gardens two years ago.

Editor Phil Creighton told Holdthefrontpage website: “We knew that the Forbury Lion would be lit up in memory of James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails, and asked photographer Steve Smyth to take an appropriate image.

“Covering moments like this requires sensitivity, we hope the families of the three victims take comfort from knowing that Reading stands together with them.”

The man who killed the trio, Khairi Saadallah, is serving a whole-life term for murder, and the attempted murder of three other people.

The Reading Chronicle weekly newspaper also led on the Forbury Garden memorial event.

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