Attempted Murder in Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted murder in Oxford.

On 24 August 2020 between 11pm and 11.30pm in Manzil Way Gardens, a group of about 15 men, all aged in their 20s and 30s, began arguing, and an altercation followed.

The group moved up the Cowley Road and into Leopold Street and eventually, two men, aged 32 and 24, sustained stab wounds. The two men who were stabbed were taken to hospital, although their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Whist several others in the group were also hurt, it is reported by Police that they were not seriously injured.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector James Mather, of Oxford CID, is calling out for witnesses to this incident and notes that there is a Section 60 Order in place for an area of east Oxford.  This Order enhances the stop and search powers of Police and is said to be used by local officers in an intelligence-led way to prevent further incidents.

Police report that they have launched a full investigation, and as a result, two people have been arrested.  A 26-year-old man and a 24-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and affray respectively. They remain in custody at this time.

Superintendent Joe Kidman, local policing area commander for Oxford, said:

“Following the incident, a neighbourhood operation has been put in place and you may see more officers patrolling the area to reassure our community and keep people safe.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector James Mather, of Oxford CID, added:

“I would like to speak to anyone who has any information which they think could help our investigation or which could help us identify all of those who were involved. I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who has dash-cam footage of the incident, or who has any mobile phone footage of the incident.”

If you have any details which you think could be relevant, please call 101 quoting reference number 43200265232. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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