The incident occurred at around 2.53pm on Friday 26th April, as the victim, a 27-year-old man, drove along Crowell Road.
He was approached by a pedestrian wielding a machete, who subsequently attacked him, before escaping the scene on foot. The victim sustained cuts to his hands, though it is understood his injuries were not serious.
Detective Inspector John Turner was keen to allay fears that this was a freak incident: ”We would like to reassure the public that this was not a random attack as we believe the victim and the offender are known to each other.
“We would urge anyone who witnessed or has information about the incident to contact the police immediately.”
Students expressed shock and surprise at such incidents taking place so nearby. A first year engineer commented: “In all seriousness its pretty shocking to think that something like that could happen so close to ‘home’. When you think machete incident you think 3rd world country.“If you’re in Cowley you’d better be sharp eyed.”
Another student, a St John’s fresher, echoed this, commenting: “Well firstly it is completely shocking, that something of that kind would and could happen so close to where we live is a surprise.”
He described the incident as “horrible and very unsettling,” before asking: “Where do you even get a machete?”
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