A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death in Oxford tonight. 

Officers were called just before 6pm to reports of a man being attacked in Bayswater Road, Barton. 

The victim, a man aged in his thirties, died of his injuries at the scene.

'It's frightening': Neighbours react to murder in Barton

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Nick Hind, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “Tragically, as a result of an incident this evening, a man has suffered fatal injuries.

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim who has died.

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“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and we are working to establish the circumstances of exactly what has happened.

Oxford Mail:

“We have a large scene-watch in place in the Bayswater Road area of Oxford and the adjacent park.

“Bayswater Road is currently closed from the crematorium to Waynflete Road, and this area, and the park is likely to remain cordoned off for a considerable period of time while our investigation continues.

PICTURES: Forensic officers at scene of Barton murder

“At this early stage of our investigation, we have not made any arrests, and I would appeal to anybody who has any information or who witnessed the incident to please contact the force on 101, quoting incident reference 1694 of 8 October.

“If you were driving in the area and have dash-cam, please could you check this and contact the police if it has captured anything that can assist us.

“There will be a significant police presence in the area in the coming days, and I would urge anybody who has any concerns or information to please speak to officers in the area.

Oxford Mail:

“I understand that this incident will cause great concern in the local community, but at this early stage of the investigation, I believe that the victim and offender were known to each other, and I do not believe there to be a wider threat to the local community.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure people that we have launched a thorough investigation to identify and arrest those responsible.”

WATCH: Forensic and police officers investigate Barton murder

The news has left residents feeling frightened and concerned. 

One resident, a 39-year-old woman who did not want to give her name, told the Oxford Mail: “Obviously, it’s frightening. There have been a couple of stabbings in Barton but no fatal like this. To think! It’s quite scary. I don’t let my children out anyway because I think it’s a bad enough place to be. You can’t let your kids out, you don’t know what’s happening to them.”

Another man, 53, out walking his dog expressed his frustration over anti-social behaviour and said he wished the police would do more. He said: “When we were kids we had respect for the coppers.”