Update - forensics complete examination of park where a man was critically injured in a stabbing

Police have stepped up their presence in Banbury after a man was critically injured in a stabbing.

By Roseanne Edwards
Sunday, 12th June 2022, 4:12 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th June 2022, 6:48 pm
Forensics teams leave People's Park after examining the scene of the stabbing
Forensics teams leave People's Park after examining the scene of the stabbing

Thames Valley Police have appealed for witnesses after the man was stabbed in the incident yesterday, Saturday, June 11.

At around 4pm in People’s Park a 21-year-old man was attacked, sustaining serious stab wounds.

He was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Thames Valley Police forensics unit leaves the scene of the stabbing

No arrests have been made and there is currently a scene-watch in place in People’s Park, which is closed to the public.

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.

People's Park, Banbury remains closed while police investigate the stabbing

“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/”