Murder investigation as man stabbed in Jericho

Thames Valley Police last night opened a murder investigation in Oxford after a man was stabbed to death.

The man, believed to be in his twenties, was found seriously wounded on Walton Street in Jericho. The incident took place between the intersections of Great Clarendon Street and Little Clarendon Street, near the Freud nightclub and the Blavatnik School of Government. 

Emergency services were called at around 12:50 am, but the man sadly died at the scene. The Police said that his next of kin had been informed and were being supported by specialist officers.

Detective Inspector Nicola Underhill, senior investigating officer at Thames Valley Police’s Major Crimes Unit, said: “We have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man in Oxford. 

“His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. 

“We are in the early stages of this investigation, however we have made nine arrests at this time.

Image description: A police cordon blocked entry to Walton Street this morning.

“Currently there is a large scene watch in place in the local area and members of the public will see an increased police presence whilst we carry out our enquiries. Anyone with information or concerns can speak to one of our uniformed officers.”

The Walton Street area has been shut down and residents reported being unable to access their homes without being accompanied by a police escort. The Police were undertaking forensic investigations this morning, and residents have been told to expect restrictions to continue for potentially another couple of days.

Thames Valley Police appealed for “anyone who may have witnessed what happened, or who may have information about it, to please come forward”. A report can be made on the Thames Valley Police website or by calling 101, quoting reference 43220511338. Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Headline image description: The scene at Walton Street late last night.

Images credit: The Oxford Student