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Banbury murder probe: Two bodies found in Newland Road

Address were bodies were found in Newland Road
Image caption The men's bodies were found at a property in Newland Road

Two men have been found dead at a home in Oxfordshire, prompting a murder investigation.

Police were called to Newland Road, Banbury, at 18:45 BST on Sunday. It is understood the bodies were found in a lower flat at the property.

A 52-year-old Banbury man was later arrested on suspicion of murder.

Thames Valley Police said the crime was an "isolated incident" and added that officers believe the men were known to each other.

One of the victims was in his 20s and the other was in his 30s. A cordon is in place at the address and is likely to remain for several days.

Image caption The back of the property in Banbury

Neighbours said the person living there had only been at the address for a few months.

Daniel Smau-Mare, a local resident, said: "Yesterday evening I heard banging on the door. I think it was the police.

"They were yelling to open the door but no-one did, so they smashed the door. I presume this is what they did because I heard noise, really bad noise."

Appealing for witnesses, Det Ch Insp Craig Kirby, of Thames Valley Police, said: "I understand that there will naturally be some concerns in the community, but I would like to reassure people that a full investigation is now taking place."

The men's next of kin have been informed but formal identification and a post-mortem examination are yet to take place, police added.

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