TWO children were kidnapped in Banbury after a woman was assaulted.

The incident took place between 9pm and 11pm on Saturday (June 8) when a woman was assaulted and her two children were taken from her between the Ruscote Arcade and Ruscote Park.

Then, at around 10.05pm, offenders were kicking a door and trying to smash a window to a property in Ruscote Arcade.

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The children have since been found and were uninjured.

A 58-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 35-year old woman, all from Banbury, have been arrested in connection with these incidents.

They have since been released on conditional bail while investigations continue.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Bryn Smith, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “I understand these incidents may cause some concern but I would like to reassure the community that we believe that these were targeted incidents, with no threat to the wider public.

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“I am appealing to anybody who witnessed either of these incidents to please get in touch with us.

“Additionally, if you have any CCTV footage of the area or any dash-cam footage if you were in the area around the time of the incidents, I’d also ask that you check any recordings in case it has captured something that could assist our investigation."

To make a report on this case, quote reference number 43240269028.