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Police plea to help trace man over baseball brawl
OXFORD residents are being urged to help track down this man in connection with a violent incident in Littlemore.
Thomas Barnes, aged 22, of Minchery Road, Oxford, is wanted by police following a brawl outside the Taste of Jamaica restaurant in Cowley Road in July.
Barnes is wanted on suspicion of violent disorder, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession of an offensive weapon.
Four men have already been charged with public disorder offences following the fight on July 29, one of a series of violent incidents in Oxford within three days.
Chairs and a baseball bat were used in the incident which resulted in a window at the eaterie being smashed in front of terrified staff.
Now Thames Valley Police say they are seeking a fifth man, and are appealing for the public’s help to trace him.
Det Con Richard Allmond said: “I would urge Barnes to come forward and hand himself in to police.
“If anyone out there knows of his whereabouts, I would encourage them to contact police so that we can bring Barnes into custody and deal with his alleged offences appropriately.”
The four already charged have all denied involvement in the trouble, which broke out at about 7.30pm.
Adam Doyle, of Ladder Hill, Wheatley, was charged with one count of violent disorder and one count of possession of an offensive weapon.
The 26-year-old was bailed to appear at Oxford Crown Court on October 18.
Andre Hurst, 25, of George Street, Banbury, was charged with one count of violent disorder and one count of possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the incident.
He, along with Wakas Khan, 21, and Dexter Williams, 24, were all remanded to appear at Oxford Crown Court on October 18.
Khan, of Furlong Close, Oxford, was also charged with violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.
Williams, of Coriander Way, Oxford, was also charged with one count of violent disorder and one count of possession of an offensive weapon.
Police increased patrols in the area after the attack, the third of three violent incidents in as many days.
A shooting and a serious baseball bat attack took place within hours of each other in Blackbird Leys on Saturday, July 27 although police ruled out any connection between the two incidents.
DC Andy Bird said: “We put on extra patrols in the wake of the incident to reassure residents, and are now hoping that Oxford Mail readers can help us track down this man and help to move this case forward.”
Anyone with information should contact DC Allmond at Oxford CID via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 101. Or people can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
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