Man in critical condition after peoples Park stabbing
The park remains closed with a scene watch in force
A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed in Banbury’s Peoples Park. The stabbing happened at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon. Peoples Park currently remains closed to the public with a scene watch in force.
The 21-year-old victim sustained serious stab injuries during the attack. Members of the public came to his assistance and provided emergency first aid until medical professionals arrived.
After the stabbing the police closed Peoples Park and took to social media asking members of the public not to speculate as to what was happening. They also requested that people didn’t share footage of the incident online, but instead sent it to them, via the police website.
No arrests have yet been made and Thames Valley Police is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Rob Platt, based at Banbury police station, said: “This incident occurred in the middle of the afternoon, and I am aware that there would have been many witnesses to what has happened.
“I am appealing to anybody who has any information to please contact Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting reference number 43220255119, or make a report online.
“For anonymity, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“I would like to thank those members of the public who came to the aid of the injured man. Their actions are greatly appreciated as they provided emergency first aid to the victim before medical professionals arrived.
“I appreciate that this incident has caused concern in the local community, but I would reassure the public that we are investigating the circumstances thoroughly, and although in the early stages of the investigation, are making progress with these enquiries.
“I would ask those who have camera footage of the incident to please not share this online on social media, but instead, please get in touch with Thames Valley Police.
“There will be an increased police presence in the area while this investigation continues, and if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to any of our officers and staff.
“I would also like to thank the community for their patience and understanding while we investigate this incident.
“The park is currently closed, but we will look to re-open it as soon as we can.
“Anybody who has been affected by this incident can seek support by visiting the police support services website: https://www.police.uk/pu/support-services/”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam