MURDER INVESTIGATION UPDATE: Neighbours speak of ‘shock’ as victim is identified

  • Man dies after incident in Jubilee Court
  • Victim, in his 20s, suffered puncture wounds
  • Woman, aged 26, and man, aged 22, arrested on suspicion of murder
  • Police remain on scene

Jubilee Court residents have spoken of their shock after two people were arrested on suspicion of murder following an incident in Banbury.

Officers were called at 7.58am today (Thursday) following reports that a man – now named locally as Kyle Byfield – was injured at a property in Jubilee Court off George Street.

Police and forensic teams at the scene of the murder investigation NNL-150416-121659001

Police and forensic teams at the scene of the murder investigation NNL-150416-121659001

Mr Byfield, aged 23 from Banbury, was taken to Horton General Hospital suffering from puncture wounds, but died at the hospital.

Thames Valley Police have yet to formally identify Mr Byfield, but have confirmed next of kin have been informed.

Joy Williams, 71, has lived in the area for more than 30 years.

She said: “I am in shock and it has made me really upset. It is normally such a quiet place to live and we are a real close-knit community, I have made a lot of friends here and we all keep in touch with one another.

“My husband heard some noise outside this morning and then police officers were knocking on our door asking if we had seen anything. It was quite scary.”

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, added: “It is quite a close-knit community. The older residents who have lived here for a while know each other very well. It’s quite a shock to hear about something like this so close to where you live.”

A woman, aged 26, and a man, aged 22, both from Banbury, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody.

Police and forensic officers remain on scene, with the area outside the property and behind taped off to the public.

Det Supt Chris Ward, from Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “We were called this morning to reports of an incident within the property in Jubilee Court. Sadly the man who was injured has died in hospital.

“This is not believed to be a random incident. We are currently at the very early stages of this investigation and are in process of determining the exact circumstances which led to the victim’s death.”

Witnesses are asked to contact The Major Crime Unit via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101, quoting URN 209 of 16/4/15.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.