Woman assaulted and children kidnapped in Banbury


Three people have been arrested

A woman was assaulted and her two children kidnapped in Banbury on Saturday evening.  It happened between 9pm and 11pm. 

The woman was between Ruscote Arcade and Ruscote Park at the time.   After the assault took place the woman’s children were taken from her.

Then, at around 10.05pm, offenders were kicking a door and trying to smash a window to a property in Ruscote Arcade.

A 58-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman who are all from Banbury have been arrested in connection with these incidents.   They have since been released on conditional bail while investigations continue.

The children have been safe guarded and were uninjured.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Bryn Smith, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “I understand these incidents may cause some concern but I would like to reassure the community that we believe that these were targeted incidents, with no threat to the wider public.

“I am appealing to anybody who witnessed either of these incidents to please get in touch with us.

“Additionally, if you have any CCTV footage of the area or any dash-cam footage if you were in the area around the time of the incidents, I’d also ask that you check any recordings in case it has captured something that could assist our investigation.

“To contact us, call 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43240269028.

“Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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