Family including an eight-year-old girl assaulted in a park in Banbury

Robert Shepley - EditorBanbury News, Police & Emergency

Banbury News - Princess Diana Park Banbury

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a family including an eight-year-old girl were assaulted in a park in Banbury.

The victims, a 39-year-old woman, a 27-year-old man and an eight-year-old girl, were walking when they reached the entrance to Princess Diana Park near to Orchard Fields primary school at about 3.30pm on Thursday (30/3).


The family were then approached from behind by two women.The offenders punched the woman and man, and then pulled the woman to the floor by her hair.

During the altercation the eight-year-old girl was also injured.

While walking off in the direction of the car park near the school, the offenders then made threats to cause serious harm to the victims.

Following the incident the victims were walking in Bretch Hill when a vehicle occupied by the offenders was driven past. From the vehicle, the offenders shouted further threats to cause serious harm to the victims.

Investigating officer, Police Constable Jonathan Livingston said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack and threats made to a family who were going for walk in board daylight.

“The incident happened at a busy time with parents picking up their children from school so it is possible that someone saw or heard the incident.

“I would urge anyone with any information to please come forward by calling police on 101 or visiting their nearest police station and quoting reference number 43170092991.

“The offenders are described as two black women in their twenties.

“The first offender was wearing a white top, with a black top and black shirt over this garment as well as tights.

“The second offender was wearing a red top, a black coat and jeans.

“The victims sustained a number of injuries but thankfully they did not require hospital treatment. The man sustained bruising to his chest, the woman sustained bruising to her chest and the girl sustained a cut lip.”

Two women, aged 24 and 23, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and threats to kill. They have been released on police bail until 16 April.