POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man reportedly turned up a house with a knife.

Thames Valley Police said that at approximately 11.50am on Monday officers were called to reports of a man attempting to start a fight with residents at an address in Dodgson Road, Cowley.

It was reported that a man turned up at the home with a knife or similar 'bladed article' in a sheath and started threatening the occupants of a property.

The man then made off in the direction of Barns Road before officers arrived and nobody was injured in the incident.

Police believe that the offender was known to the victims and say there is not a 'wider threat to the community'.

Video footage from the scene yesterday appears to show armed police standing by outside the property.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Katie Derrick of the Priority Crime Team, based at Oxford police station, said: “This incident occurred just before noon in a built up residential area.

“Officers responded to the initial call, but following an area search, nobody was located and investigations are ongoing.

“I would like to appeal to anybody who was in the area of Dodgson Road yesterday between 11.45am and 12noon and witnessed this incident to please contact Thames Valley Police, either online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43210481249.

“I would like to reassure the local community that at this early stage of our investigation, we believe the offender was known to the victims, and as such, we don’t believe there is any wider threat to the local community.

“However, we are keen to speak to anybody who witnessed what happened, or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage of the incident to get in contact with us.

“We have conducted house to house and CCTV enquiries and are progressing the investigation.

“If you wish to remain 100 per cent  anonymous, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Members of the public with any footage can also submit this confidentially via the following dedicated Digital Evidence link https://unitedkingdom1cpp-portal.digital-policing.co.uk/serip/appeal/cctv-and-witness-appeal-dodgson-rd-oxford.”