Urgent appeal for witnesses – aggravated burglary

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an aggravated burglary in Oxford.

Police have today issued a statement and appeal for witnesses regarding an aggravated burglary that took place on Thursday 25 June at approximately 12.20am in Emperor Gardens in Greater Leys.

Brandishing an imitation firearm and a large knife, two people attempted to force their way into a property.  They were unsuccessful in their attempt to enter the property and police were quickly alerted and called to the scene.

Thames Valley Police’s armed response unit attended the scene and shortly thereafter, made two arrests.

  1. A 23-year-old woman from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary in a dwelling and is released on police bail until 22 July.
  2. A 28-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary in a dwelling and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and remains in police custody at this time.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Bruce Riddell, based at Oxford police station, has released the following statement, calling for any witness information:

“I appreciate that incidents such as this would cause concern in the local community, but at this stage, I believe this was a targeted attack and our officers quickly detained and arrested two suspects.

Incidents such as this are increasingly rare, and in fact burglary in general has fallen considerably in the last 12 months.  I am appealing to anybody that has any information about this incident or witnessed what happened to get in touch with police.  Likewise, if anyone was driving in the area and may have dash-cam footage of the incident, please contact us.

You can do so by making a report online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43200190075.  Alternatively, if you wish to remain 100% anonymous, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Stock image used – these weapons are not linked to this assault in any way.

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