Man left with critical injuries following Banbury assault.


Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with critical injuries following an assault in Banbury yesterday (Friday) evening.

Officers were called at around 7.45pm to the scene following a disturbance on Coopers Gate, Banbury. It was reported that a number of men had been involved in an altercation, in which weapons had been used, and the victim may also have been hit with a car, sustaining critical injuries.

The victim a man in his 20 has been taken to hospital in a very serious condition and remains in hospital at this time.

A scene watch was in place earlier today and there were road closures on Coopers Gate and Cope Road junction with Southam Road, Banbury.

Two males have been arrested and are currently in police custody.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Jon Capps based at Cowley police station, said: “We are appealing for anyone who might have seen the initial incident in Cooper Gate or the subsequent serious assault with the vehicle in Cope Road junction with Southam Road.

“We are also interested in hearing from witnesses who may have seen a group of men in Coopers Gate and the surrounding roads in the lead up to and after the incident.

“If anyone saw a silver Volkswagen Passat heading towards Coopers Gate before 7.45pm yesterday evening, or saw a silver Volkswagon Passat leaving Coopers Gate shortly after 7.45pm yesterday evening we would ask them to come forward.

“This was a serious incident and we continue to investigate, and there are a number of scene watches in place.

“We are keeping an open mind at this stage but we do not believe that there is a wider danger to the public.

“If you have any information about the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”