A TRIAL into an alleged attempted murder and attempted robbery by a gang of teenagers in Oxford has entered its closing stages.

Prosecutors at Oxford Crown Court claim that four boys, all aged between 15 and 18 at the time, had gone out 'looking for trouble' ahead of a violent attack on November 22 last year.

This morning jurors began to hear closing speeches from prosecutors and defence teams, giving a summary of the case which began two weeks ago.

Throughout the trial jurors have heard how Barry Sheldon was knifed and left for dead minutes after another man was accosted and threatened with a knife in the Wood Farm area.

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A 15-year old has now admitted the knife threat, and a count of robbery has been dropped, but all four continue to deny attempted murder and an alternative count of grievous bodily harm.

Only one of the accused - 18-year old Ethan Broster - can be named.

The panel of jurors have heard Mr Sheldon and the first alleged victim Benjamin Fairfax give evidence from the witness box, describing what they say happened that night.

CCTV footage of a passing bus in which Mr Fairfax made his escape has also been played, as has footage of the four boys outside a house moments before the alleged violence.

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Two of the four teenagers have also taken to the stand to deny any wrongdoing and give their version of events.

All four continue to deny the remaining charges against them and the trial continues.