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Update: Ashmolean Museum in Oxford shut after staff member injured
THE Ashmolean Museum is closed today after a member of staff was injured.
Police and paramedics were called to the Beaumont Street museum just after noon to reports a man in his 50s had been hurt.
It is not believed his injuries were serious or that any exhibits were damaged. No one else was thought to be involved in the incident.
A museum spokesman said: “There was an incident in the Ashmolean today in which a member of staff was injured.
“Medical care was called for immediately and the member of staff is being treated for relatively minor injuries.
“As a result of this incident the Ashmolean has closed its galleries and these will remain closed for the rest of the afternoon.
“For reasons of confidentiality around the staff member concerned we have no further comment at this stage.”
Claire Parris, a spokesman for the Ashmolean Museum, added: “I can confirm that no works of art or exhibits were damaged.”
A witness said: "There were eight police cars and one unmarked police car. It happened at about 11.30 this morning.
"The police rushed in and tried to evacuate the building."
A police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police was called at 12.18pm by the ambulance service regarding a concern for the welfare of a man inside the Ashmolean Museum in Beaumont Street, Oxford.
“Officers attended and assisted the ambulance service and a man in his 50s has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with superficial injuries to his hand.”
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