Student safety is a priority

PUBLISHED: 16:18 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

UNHAPPY security guards at the University of Hertfordshire have hit back at claims by students that campus protection needs to improve. As reported in last week s WHT and online at www.whtimes24.co.uk a midnight curfew was imposed on students after the

UNHAPPY security guards at the University of Hertfordshire have hit back at claims by students that campus protection needs to improve.

As reported in last week's WHT and online at www.whtimes24.co.uk a midnight 'curfew' was imposed on students after the second stabbing in three months occurred at the Hatfield-based uni.

At the ensuing protest against the embargo, students were quick to brand current security measures "inappropriate".

However, security workers at the campuses claim they do everything in their power to keep students safe.

One guard, who was first at the scene of the stabbing in November.

He said: "I'm frustrated by what the students have been saying.

"It was very distressing to see that [the stabbing] and I never wanted to see that again.

"But now I spend more time at work than I do with my family."

Tania Kimble, wife of a guard at the university, said: "Maybe if they [the guards] were not constantly called to students setting off fire extinguishers and smashing windows they could do more.

"I am petrified of receiving a phone call to tell me my husband has been hurt."

A university spokeswoman said: "From the university's point of view it is imperative that our students feel safe and secure on campus.

"Our security, our students and our senior staff are working together.

"At present we are not aware of any complaints from security staff.

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