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Oxford city centre in lockdown after police shootout


A street in Oxford city centre is in lockdown after a shootout between police and an armed man.

Shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square and officers are understood to still be negotiation with the suspect.

Loud bangs were heard in the afternoon but later in the evening one resident said the situation was “very much ongoing” after further loud bangs were heard at around 10pm.

Police presence near Paradise Square where armed police are locked in a stand-off with a gunman after a shootout in Oxford city centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 7, 2018. A siege is under way as officers try to negotiate with the armed man. Norfolk Road is in lockdown after shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square before armed response officers returned fire. See PA story POLICE Oxford. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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Road closures and cordons remain in place

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said on Twitter that one patient was being assessed and treated for “non-life threatening injuries”.

Members of the public have been warned to avoid the area, and police have said people should present themselves to officers if they wish to return home to make sure it’s safe.

Armed response officers were called shortly after 1.15pm on Monday to a report that a man had access to a firearm, Thames Valley Police said.

Police presence near Paradise Square where armed police are locked in a stand-off with a gunman after a shootout in Oxford city centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 7, 2018. A siege is under way as officers try to negotiate with the armed man. Norfolk Road is in lockdown after shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square before armed response officers returned fire. See PA story POLICE Oxford. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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A woman who was sat on her balcony said she heard loud bangs

“People in Oxford will notice an increased police presence in the area while officers are dealing with the incident, which is contained and taking place at a residential property,” said Superintendent Joe Kidman.

“If you have any concerns or wish to raise anything please approach and speak to an officer or call the non-emergency number 101.”

A woman who was sat on her balcony said she heard loud bangs, shouting and dogs barking on Monday afternoon.

“After a second round it became apparent these were gunshots so I rushed inside,” she said.

Police presence near Paradise Square where armed police are locked in a stand-off with a gunman after a shootout in Oxford city centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 7, 2018. A siege is under way as officers try to negotiate with the armed man. Norfolk Road is in lockdown after shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square before armed response officers returned fire. See PA story POLICE Oxford. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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Armed response officers were called shortly after 1.15pm on Monday

“There was a couple more shots, three spurts in total, still a lot of shouting and barking. I heard a man shout ‘show me your hands’ repeatedly.”

Another witness said more loud bangs were heard later on Monday night, which sounded like gunfire, followed by shouting.

Police say road closures and cordons remain in place, which which is likely to impact travelling through the area in the morning.

Supt Joe Kidman said: “People in Oxford will notice an increased police presence in the area while officers are dealing with the incident, which is contained and taking place at a residential property.”



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