A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found dead in a property in Oxford.

Officers from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit launched the investigation today (April 24) after a man in his fifties was found dead inside a house in Barton.

The police were called to the property at around 11.30am this morning to a concern for welfare of a man at an address in Brome Place.

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On arrival the officers found the body of the man, having suffered serious injuries.

It was subsequently reported that the man had been assaulted the previous evening and was taken home by friends and did not seek medical attention or report this to the police at the time.

The alleged assault occurred near to the shops at Underhill Circus on Saturday evening.

Senior investigating officer detective inspector Mike Roddy of Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit, said: “We are in the very early stages of this investigation, but it appears that the victim has sustained head and facial injuries, which were not reported to or treated by medical professionals.

“Although we have launched a murder investigation, we are currently keeping an open mind as to the circumstances that have led to the man’s death, and we would urge the local community not to speculate on the incident.

“However, at this early stage, we do believe the victim may have been assaulted by an unknown man and woman at around 9.30pm on Saturday evening outside Barton shops and was knocked to the floor.

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“We are aware that he was taken home by friends, and the alarm was raised to us this morning after he did not answer the door to these friends who were concerned for his welfare.

“I am appealing to anybody who was in the area of Barton last night between 8.30pm and 10pm and believe that they witnessed the original incident to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police.

“You can do so by making a report online or by calling 101, quoting incident reference 858 of 24 April.

"You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“No arrests have yet been made, and naturally, this incident will cause concern in the local community, but we believe the assault to have been an isolated incident, and we are investigating the circumstances thoroughly.

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“There is an increased police presence and scene-watches in place at the scene of the original assault and in Brome Place while our investigations continue.

“I would urge anybody with any information or concerns to please speak to any of our officers at the scene.

“Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the man’s next of kin have been notified and are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

“My thoughts, and the thoughts of Thames Valley Police are with them.”


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