Staff and students are being urged to be vigilant following two assaults on campus in the last week.
Last night (Wednesday, 23 November) at approximately 5.55pm, a male student was hit on the back of the head by one of a group of youths on bikes in the vicinity of Crown Place. The student did not suffer any serious injuries, although a member of the University Campus Support (Security) Team suffered minor injuries as he attempted to detain one of the youths.
An earlier incident occurred at approximately 5.50pm the previous Wednesday (16 November), when a male member of staff was also assaulted in the vicinity of Crown Place by one of two youths on bikes. The staff member received treatment for an injury to his face and is now recovering at home.
Our Campus Support Team is working closely with the police who are undertaking a proactive investigation into the full circumstances of both incidents. CCTV from campus is also being examined and we will do everything we can to help police identify the perpetrators. If any staff or students have any information about either incident, please call Merseyside Police on 101. Alternatively, Campus Support can be reached on 43252 from an internal phone or on 0151 794 3252 from a mobile or external phone.
Rare and unusual
Syd Cottle, Director of Estates Management, said: “I must stress that incidents of this kind are rare and it is extremely unusual for two such incidents to take place in a short space of time.
“We have a proactive and vigilant Campus Support Team across campus, as well as in and around our halls of residence, in order to support a safe and secure crime-free environment for the University community. We have increased our security patrols of the area – particularly around Crown Place –and the Campus Police Officer has adjusted his hours to support our patrols and provide further reassurance to students and staff.
“We recognise that some staff and students may feel vulnerable when working or studying at night, particularly when returning to their campus accommodation or car. I would like to remind everyone that we operate a Chaperone Service where staff or students can ask the Campus Support Team to accompany them to their car or accommodation. This is obviously subject to the availability of our Campus Support staff at any given time but should you wish to use the Chaperone service please call the team on 43252 from an internal phone or 0151 794 3252 from a mobile or external phone.
“I would also like to remind both students and staff to call the Campus Support Team immediately should you see any suspicious activity on campus. The team can be reached on 2222 from an internal phone or 0151 794 2222 from a mobile or external phone.”
There are some simple, common sense things you can do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. For further information about the support the Campus Support Team provides and for hints and tips on how to stay safe please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsupport/advice/stayingsafe/.
For more information about security in general please click here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/facilities-management/services/security/.
Finally, Merseyside Police’s Student Safety webpages, which contain lots of helpful information, can also be found here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice-and-protection/burglary-and-theft/personal-safety/student-safety/.