THE troubled Fishermead estate has been thrust into the spotlight again after a man was attacked in the area on Friday.
The incident happened at around 9am in Bossiney Place, when the victim, 25, is believed to have been hit over the head with a baseball bat. Police say he suffered concussion but managed to stumble across to the nearby Xscape building where he was found unconscious.
Officers from Thames Valley Police quickly set up cordons around the outside of the Xscape building and another at Bossiney Place.
The victim was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but discharged after treatment.
The assault comes just weeks after two Somalian teenagers were gunned down on the estate and months after a woman and her young daughter were killed in a house fire.
The gangland style killings of Amin Ahmed and Mohamed Abdil Farah on May 26 rocked the estate’s several hundred strong East African community and terrified families of other nationalities. It prompted an emergency community meeting to address residents’ fears about the level of crime and violence on the estate.
A packed meeting heard claims that residents were worried about the growing number of HiMOs and resulting population explosion on the streets.
But despite police reassurance of extra patrols and vigilance, residents were not convinced that enough was being done about housing problems on Fishermead.
Det Insp Kelly Glister, investigating the latest incident, said: “I understand that the victim’s injuries are not life threatening and our officers will be speaking to him in due course.
“We are currently looking at a number of lines of enquiry, but there is nothing to indicate the attack is linked to the shootings which took place in Fishermead last month.
“At present it does not appear that this was a random attack and I would urge anyone living in or around Bossiney Place who saw or heard a disturbance this morning to contact me on 0845 8 505 505 or if you don’t want to give your name, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
> A second public meeting to address concerns of Fishermead residents is to be held at the Trinity Centre, on July 19.