A man will appear in court today (10/11) following an incident where seven police officers were injured with a ‘noxious substance’ in Oxford yesterday.
Hamad Nejad, aged 34, of Elizabeth Jennings Way, Oxford, has been charged with administering a poison with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and of intimidation of a witness.
The charges are in connection with an incident yesterday in Elizabeth Jennings Way, Oxford, in which seven officers were injured by the release of a chemical substance while in the process of making a routine arrest.
Nejad was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today.
Around 60 people were evacuated from their homes and seven police officers were taken to hospital following the incident in Oxford.
Police said they were “conducting a routine arrest” on Elizabeth Jennings Way yesterday at 5.16am when they were informed of the threat.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police confirmed the property was evacuated following a potential chemical hazard and said there are no reports of any members of the public being injured.
Two officers were kept in hospital overnight, while five others were treated for minor irritation after being exposed to the substance.
In a statement released yesterday afternoon, a spokesperson added: “Members of the public are starting to be able to return to their homes following an evacuation after officers came in to contact with a noxious substance.
“The property, a flat and surrounding flats, were evacuated, and was subsequently made safe.
“The incident was not treated as terrorism-related.”
A cordon was in place as emergency services remained on Elizabeth Jennings Way for several hours.
Group manager Kerry Blair of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Specialist officers from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, working with Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service, have carried out extensive tests throughout the building and can now confirm that there is no risk to any residents returning to their homes.”
Superintendent Joe Kidman, Local Police Area Commander for Oxford, said: “We know this has been distressing for many residents and we are grateful for their patience and cooperation.
“Thames Valley Police will have local Neighbourhood Officers in the area for any queries that you may have. They will do their best to help and will direct you to the correct agency for your issue.”