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Ashmolean evacuated after staff injury
9:30am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
OXFORD’S Ashmolean Museum was shut yesterday after a member of staff was injured.
Witnesses reported that as many as nine police cars descended on the museum and evacuated the building as some visitors were eating their lunch.
Officers were called to the Beaumont Street museum just after noon following reports a man in his 50s had been hurt.
Neither police nor the museum would give details as to how the man was hurt. However it was not believed the man’s injuries were serious or that any exhibits were damaged.
No one else was thought to be involved in the incident.
A museum spokesman said the Ashmolean could reopen at 10am today.
One witness said: “There were eight police cars and one unmarked police car.
“The police rushed in and tried to evacuate the building.”
Police said they were called over “concern for the welfare” of a man and museum spokesman Tom Jowett said a member of staff was injured in an “incident”.
In the aftermath of the incident, he said: “Medical care was called for immediately and the member of staff is being treated for relatively minor injuries.”
Its galleries were closed as a result, he said, adding: “For reasons of confidentiality around the staff member concerned, we have no further comment at this stage.”
Thames Valley Police spokesman Craig Evry said yesterday: “Thames Valley Police were called at 12.18pm by the ambulance service regarding a concern for the welfare of a man inside the Ashmolean Museum in Beaumont Street, Oxford.
“Officers attended and assisted the ambulance service and a man in his 50s has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with superficial injuries to his hand.”
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