Three teenage boys are still being quizzed by police over an 'attempted murder', after a man was stabbed in broad daylight.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was left fighting for his life after being stabbed in People’s Park, Banbury, on Saturday afternoon (June 11) at around 4pm. READ MORE about this here>>>

He was rushed to hospital in a ‘critical condition’ but is now said to be in a serious but stable condition.

At the time, Thames Valley Police closed the park while they carried out investigation work with a scene watch in place.

The park has now re-opened to the public.

On Sunday (June 12) a 15-year-old boy from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. READ MORE about this here>>>

Following this, a 16-year-old boy from Banbury was also arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday evening. READ MORE about this here>>>

A third teen, another 16-year-old boy from Banbury, was also arrested on the same charge on Monday afternoon. READ MORE about this here>>>

All three boys remain in police custody at this time.

Following the incident, senior investigating officer detective inspector Rob Platt said there would have been 'many witnesses' to what happened.

He praised the public who came to the aid of the 21-year-old victim as they gave him the “best possible chance of survival”. READ MORE about this here>>>

He said: “I would like to thank those members of the public who came to the aid of the injured man. Their actions are greatly appreciated as they provided emergency first aid to the victim before medical professionals arrived."

Following the arrest of the first boy, Mr Platt added: “I would like again to place on record my praise for those members of the public who came to the immediate aid of the victim, applying emergency first aid until medical professionals arrived at the scene.

“Their actions have undoubtedly given the victim the best possible chance of surviving his injuries, and I commend them for their swift response.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting the reference number 43220255119.

Anybody who has information but wants to remain anonymous should contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Thames Valley Police has been contacted for further information relating to the case. 


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