FOUR young men were detained and searched in George Street after reports that people had been seen carrying knives. 

Members of the public contacted the Oxford Mail after witnessing the incident outside Nando's yesterday evening. 

A passer by said they had seen teenagers being handcuffed by police. 

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Thames Valley Police spokesman Kieren Bushnell today confirmed that the teenagers were 'briefly detained' but let go after nothing was found. 

He added: "We were called to reports of young males carrying knives, but four people were identified, briefly detained and searched and nothing was found and they were allowed on their way."