TWO men seen armed with crossbows in a residential street have sparked a police appeal.

Officers were called to reports of an affray in Faringdon, during which witnesses saw two men armed with crossbows in the streets.

A group of people were reported to be attempting to break into a house in Greengates. Two men were in the house at the time, police said.

There was an argument, which spilled out on to the street.

Two of the men were said to be armed with crossbows.

The incident happened on Sunday, November 29, at about 6am, but police have only just released details.

Four men have been arrested and released on police bail.

Three men, one aged 29 from Abingdon, one aged 39 from Faringdon, and one aged 22 from Didcot, were arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. They were bailed until January 12, January 15, and January 12 respectively. A 28-year-old man from Faringdon was arrested on suspicion of affray and has also been bailed until January 15.

Investigating officer Det Con Rachel Carter, based in Abingdon, said: “I would like to encourage anybody who saw this altercation take place, or who knows anything about the incident, to come forward to us with their information by calling 101.

“I’d like to reassure members of The public that they aren’t in any danger from this incident, and that at this point we believe the people involved in the incident were known to each other, so it wasn’t a random attack.”