Knife crackdown by police after Oxford stab attack


Police will be out in force across Oxford later in a crackdown on knives following the stabbing of a teenager.

The boy, 16, was stabbed last Saturday in a brawl in Oxford High Street. A 25-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.

Officers said they feared retaliation attacks over the weekend.

Revellers will have to walk through a metal detector outside the Regal pub and door staff across the city will also be looking for knives.

About 20 people became involved in the fight last week.

The 16-year-old suffered stab wounds to his upper body and is recovering in hospital.

Det Insp Simon Morton said: "We are worried that there might be retaliation for the stabbing and this is being treated very seriously.

"We won't accept this kind of nonsense in Oxford.

"If you decide carry a knife, expect to be arrested.

"I would like to reassure the public that patrols will be stepped up in the city and surrounding areas."

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