Families say they woke up to ‘flashing blue lights’ and what appeared to be ‘thousands’ of police officers after their quiet residential street became the centre of a murder investigation.

Emergency services raced to Pinnock Way in Botley after a man, who is in his 30s, was reportedly found stabbed to death.

A 33-year-old man, who is from Oxfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of murder. 

Speaking to the Oxford Mail last night, one mum said her son was too scared to go to walk around the house alone.

Oxford Mail:

The 44-year-old, who lives just a few doors from where the killing happened, said: “To start with my kids didn’t want to go to school. My eldest kid, he’s 11, he was saying ‘I’m very scared, mummy, please come to the bathroom with us, please lock all the doors’.”

Another neighbour, 50, said of the alleged murder: “You see it on telly and you don’t think it’s going to be on your doorstep. It’s not an everyday thing. It’s so quiet round here usually. It’s upsetting to think it can happen anywhere.”

Another mum, 29, said the attack had left her feeling scared. She said: “Me and my partner were stood outside the front and we could see thousands and thousands of police officers. My son was asleep then, obviously, all the flashing lights woke him up.”

She said she didn’t know the people living at the house where the death happened, saying they kept to themselves. “It’s a shame especially for an area like this; it’s so quiet.”

Oxford Mail:

South Central Ambulance Service said they were called to the crime scene at 9.30pm.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and two critical care cars from the Thames Valley Air Ambulance were treating one patient who was in a life-threatening condition.

Speaking yesterday, Detective Inspector Sally Spencer of the Major Crime Unit, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support and co-operation during this time.

“We do believe this is an isolated incident and there isn’t any wider risk to the public.

“If anyone has any concerns or information that could help with this investigation, please speak to one of our uniformed officers or make a report online.

“You can contact Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101 and please use the reference 43210469070.

“If you would prefer to remain 100% anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


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