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Oxford murder probe after man dies following brawl

Crime scene in Blackbird Leys
Image caption The brawl broke out on Thursday in the Jourdain Road area of Blackbird Leys

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died following a fight between a group of men in Oxford.

The brawl broke out at about 23:00 BST on Thursday in the Jourdain Road area of Blackbird Leys.

Police officers found a man in his late 20s with serious injuries at the scene. He was taken to hospital but later died.

Thames Valley Police said his next of kin have been informed and it was "pursuing many lines of inquiry".

Image caption Police officers found a man in his late 20s with serious injuries at the scene
Image caption There is an increased police presence in the area

Senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp Ailsa Kent, of the major crime unit, added: "We are appealing for the public's help and would advise anyone who may have information that could relate to this serious incident to come forward.

"As a result of the incident you will see an increased police presence in the area whilst our investigation is ongoing and also to provide reassurance to members of the public."

Resident Estelle Bishop, who placed flowers at the scene, said she was "shocked and overwhelmed".

"I couldn't believe it because it's only over the road from where I live," she added.

"It's not a thing that happens on Blackbird Leys. Not like this anyway, where they've died."

Image caption Thames Valley Police said it was "pursuing many lines of inquiry"

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