Police flocked to the Magdalen roundabout on Tuesday after a man was stabbed on Iffley Road.
At 11.20am a 31-year-old man suffered a superficial injury to his neck and required hospital treatment after being attacked at a funeral held at Greyfriars Church.
The Oxford Student understands that the funeral was for Winnie Joyce, a member of Oxford’s travelling community.
Linda Irving-Bell, Home Bursar at Queen’s, issued a warning via email to students living in the area. She wrote: There is a major disturbance in Iffley with large unruly crowds. It has resulted in a stabbing.
“Please keep away from Iffley if you can, and if you are going to the Cardo Building, keep vigilant and go with a friend (although it is believed the disturbance is closer to Iffley than to our residential building).”
Emma Lewis, a student at Wadham who witnessed the disturbances, said that the “police presence seemed as unhelpful as one man’s use of a mop as a weapon.” She added: “It all just seemed so sudden and very much unexpected given how quiet Iffley Road and the Friary usually are!
“The whole situation was fairly surreal with police cars outside our house and a police helicopter circling above.”
A source confirmed that around six or seven police cars could be seen in Cowley Place outside St Hilda’s with a police helicopter overhead in anticipation of a large disturbance.
Several people wearing pink flowers in their jackets, believed to be mourners, began to leave the church after 12.30pm along with two men whose faces were bruised and bloodied.
The source added that the groups of people began to disband at 12.45pm with some individuals visibly agitated. Although it did not appear that a full-scale riot was about to break out police presence was maintained in the area for the next three hours.
Det Insp John Turner, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe that this was an incident between men who are known to each other.
“We do not believe that there is any threat to the wider community and officers have been working to calm tensions since the incident happened.
“I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and has information about what has taken place.”
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact police via 101. If you want to report a crime anonymously but don’t want to speak to police, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org