Concerns about petrol smell after Didcot attack

Concerns about petrol smell after Didcot attack

The scene in Didcot today

A cordoned off property in Park Close

Fire engines at the scene in Didcot

First published in Didcot Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

POLICE have closed off a Didcot street after a 50-year-old man was found with a serious head injury in a house that smelt of petrol.

The victim is now in a critical condition at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital .

Police, who have launched an assault investigation, were called to the Park Close by the ambulance service at 6.18am today. The fire service was also called as officers and paramedics smelt a strong smell of a substance, believed to be petrol.

Det Insp John Turner, investigating the incidents, said: “The investigation into this incident is at a very early stage, and we have not established how the man came to be injured, however we are treating it as an assault at this time.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information which may help officers with our enquiry.”

Neighbours were shocked by the incident.

Morris Scowen, of Park Road, said: "I was just walking up here and saw the activity. These things always seem to happen somewhere else."

Another resident said: "All they told us is it was a gas leak and we couldn't leave the house."

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A woman who lives in a neighbouring street added: "It is such a calm street, nothing happens here."

NeighAnyone with details should call police on 101 or contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously 0800 555111.

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2:03am Thu 2 Aug 12

flossie flo says...

this is my brother n i hope anyone that knows anything will contact police .my 75 year old mum is distraut n we r travelling to didcot .please help us
find this thug .x thankyou xx
this is my brother n i hope anyone that knows anything will contact police .my 75 year old mum is distraut n we r travelling to didcot .please help us find this thug .x thankyou xx flossie flo
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4:02am Thu 2 Aug 12

flossie flo says...

my brother n someone will pay .if u no aything please have a heart n let police know .this guy cant get away with it .it could be your brother nxt time .please help us get him xx
my brother n someone will pay .if u no aything please have a heart n let police know .this guy cant get away with it .it could be your brother nxt time .please help us get him xx flossie flo
  • Score: 2

6:50am Thu 2 Aug 12

Feelingsmatter says...

I hope your brother makes full recovery.
I hope your brother makes full recovery. Feelingsmatter
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