An emergency road closure was put in place in Oxford yesterday in response to a "fear for welfare" incident.

Police were forced to close the Eastern Bypass yesterday afternoon in both directions to respond to a "fear for welfare" incident on the bypass in Littlemore.

A police spokesman said they were called to the incident at around 4.15pm and a road closure was put in place, which led to severe congestion on the surrounding roads near Rose Hill.

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Oxford Mail: Police officers at the cordon by the Eastern BypassPolice officers at the cordon by the Eastern Bypass (Image: Ed Halford)

The incident was “resolved safely” and the roads were re-opened at around 6pm.

Multiple Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service fire engines and the South Central Ambulance Service were seen on Cowley Road, alongside Thames Valley Police officers.

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The Cowley Road was cordoned off for the stretch of the road which ran underneath the Eastern bypass bridge.

The incident led to delays to the Oxford Bus Company’s services and buses were unable to stop at the Canning Crescent stop “due to heavy traffic”.

The traffic was very heavy near the Temple Cowley area and roads nearby to the Eastern Bypass were still very busy once the incident was resolved.

The Oxford Bus Company apologised to passengers for “any inconvenience caused” and thanked them for their patience.

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