A GANG of youths threatened a man and a woman with a knife in broad daylight.

At about 3.55pm on Monday, the victims were preparing their bicycles for a ride in Court Place Gardens when a group of about six youths - both boys and girls - approached them.

One of the boys made what was initially thought to be a joke about taking the bike, before taking one and walking away with it.

When challenged by the victims, the boy and another male from the group, became aggressive.

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The second boy made threats to stab the male victim, lifting his shirt and showing the handle of a kitchen knife.

The victims recovered their bikes and the youths walked off in the direction of Iffley Village. Nobody was injured.

One of the offenders is described as white, aged between 14 and 16 years old and about 5ft 5ins tall with a skinny build.

He had light, short hair and was wearing a light coloured t-shirt, light grey tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

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The other offender is described as black, also aged between 14 and 16 years old and about 5ft 6ins tall with an average build.

He had a medium length afro style haircut and was wearing dark clothing including a baggy top.

Investigating officer PC Oli Dalby of Oxford CID said: "This incident happened in the middle of the afternoon and I am appealing to anybody who witnessed this to make contact with police.

"The victims were not injured and managed to leave without having any property stolen, but this does not lessen the seriousness of what has happened.

"I am urging anybody who knows anything about this incident, including if they know the offenders, to contact the 24-hour non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 43200095834.

"Alternatively, you can make a report online or call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111."