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'Chemical Incident' Near Oxford University Leaves One Dead And Area On Lockdown

A 'CHEMICAL incident' near Oxford University has left one woman dead and thrown a part of the city into chaos. 

A young woman was found dead in a house after the incident this morning - which witnesses described as relating to "chemicals".

Firefighters donned specialist orange chemical protection suits with full face coverings to deal with the danger.

Homes in Magdalen Road were evacuated and neighbours asked if they had smelled a noxious gas.
A spokesperson for the police said they believed the incident was related to "chemicals".

Residents said police raced down the street banging on doors and ordering people to evacuate.
Others were told to stay inside their homes for their own safety.
Emergency services in attendance at Magdalen Road in Oxford where a women has been found dead inside a home after a 'fear for welfare' incident

A nearby retailer said: "All we have been told is it's some sort of chemical incident.
"When I came to the shop there was a lot of sirens and more and more cars, police and fire engines were coming.

"It's a family business so my first thought was actually I hope the family is ok. We haven't been told how long it will last.
"At the moment they have cordoned off most of the road and the firemen are standing around in chemical suits."

Another nearby worker said: "It makes you wonder because nothing like that happens here.
"I have been here thirty years and never seen such a large police presence."

A spokesman for the University of Oxford was unable to rule out the deadly chemical involved in the incident came from the university's labs but warned "that is speculation".

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