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Man, 19, charged with possessing a ‘bladed article’ on busy St Aldates, Oxford


Sep 4, 2022

A man has been charged with possession of a bladed article in a public place among other offences, after an incident on St Aldates which caused a huge crowd to gather around police and film then on their phones.

The man and another male offender, also 19, were arrested in St Aldates at around 5.45pm on Friday (September 2).

The pair from Reading were arrested for offences relating to possession of a bladed article, racially aggravated public order and possession of cannabis.

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During the arrest, six police officers had one of the offenders pinned to the ground.

This caused a huge crowd of around 75 people gathered to film the incident on their phones and watch the proceedings, before some members of the public confronted the officers.

The man who has been charged with possession of a bladed article has also been charged with a Section 4 public order and possession of cannabis.

He has been remanded in police custody to attend the next available court date.

The second 19-year-old male has been charged with Section 4 public order and has been bailed to attend court at a future date.

At the time of the incident, a Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of a large public interest in these arrests due to the location and time they took place and would ask that anyone with information contact us via our website quoting 43220395309.”

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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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