POLICE have now reopened part of Cowley Road after a day of investigations. 

UPDATE: Details emerge of 'vicious assault' on Cowley Road

The cordon had been in place from Thursday night after a fight broke out in the evening. 

The tape had sealed off the local businesses close the junction with Divinity Road including Atif Superstore, The Deli off licence unit, Kani Kebab, Pepe's Piri Piri, Pizza Roma, Toni's the Guy barbers, Exprizza and DesiGrill, Bodrum Kebabes, Cafe Babe, Erdem Food Centre and The Baron. 

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Owners had said the closure stopped them opening throughout the morning. 

But, last night Thames Valley Police had lifted the cordon and took to Twitter to thank businesses and members of the public for their patience. 

The force had been investigating a fight which had broken out at around 7.40pm. At the time, a 57-year-old man with serious head injuries was rushed to hospital, where it has been confirmed he still remains. 

A 41-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning GBH. It is believed he is still in police custody.