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Crowd confront and film police making arrest in Oxford city centre

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 2, 2022

A large crowd of people confronted police officers while they arrested a man in Oxford city centre.

A crowd estimated at 75 gathered in St Aldate's at about 6.30pm tonight as a group of police officers wrestled a man to the ground.

It is not known what the offence was in connection with, however the action stopped traffic and delayed buses for up to half-an-hour, according to reports.

A passer-by, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "It was like something out of a film. There there about six uniformed police officers pinning what appeared to be a man to the ground.

"A huge crowd of 75 people were looking on in shock – and some filming right up in the officers' faces… some were uncomfortably close. Everyone had their phones out – it looked very strange.

"Then, as he was bundled into a police van, people started having a go at them.

"While that was going on, all the buses had to stop. There were probably 25 buses backed up on High Street and St Aldate's – with no one knowing what was going on."

Thames Valley Police has been contacted for further details.