A WOMAN was repeatedly hit against a wall in an alleyway before being strangled. 

She was shouting and screaming for help and key witnesses might have seen a couple covered in blood. 

On Tuesday (September 1), between 12.05am and 12.20am, a 38-year-old woman was walking between Leiden Road and The Slade in Wood Farm when she was attacked. 

She was left with cuts, bruises and swelling to her head, face and neck but did not need to go to hospital. 

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A 56-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is still being questioned in police custody. 

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Neil Anns, based at St Aldates police station, said: “Due to the nature of the assault on the victim, we are treating this as an attempted murder.

“I am making an appeal for anyone who was in the area between midnight and 12.30am on 1 September and saw or heard a female shouting and screaming for help, or who saw a man and woman with blood on them at around the time of the offence to come forward.

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“We believe the victim and suspect are known to each other and therefore we do not believe there to be a wider risk to the public.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone in the local area who has CCTV footage or dash-cam footage to please check this, and contact police if it has captured anything that can help this investigation."

Chief Inspector Jen Hogben, Deputy Local Policing Area Commander for Oxford, said: “This matter is being thoroughly investigated by detectives and an arrest has been made.”

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“There is no suggestion of a wider risk to the public, but the community may notice additional patrols in the area in order to re-assure them.

“I would urge you to speak to officers if you have any concerns or information about the incident.”

With information call police on 101 quoting reference number 43200272531.