Alleged stabbing and fight at Hatfield’s University of Hertfordshire leads to student suspensions
PUBLISHED: 13:50 20 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 December 2019
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A stabbing and a fight at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield have been reported to police in the last two days.
The University has responded, on Facebook, to the allegations at Newton Court, Roberts Way and College Lane campus by saying it has suspended students in the interim pending the investigation.
It told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that it takes these incidents "extremely seriously" and they are working with police to find out what happened.
And in a separate Facebook post said these incidents are "isolated" and told students: "Please be aware, we are running student support drop-in sessions today at 12pm to 2pm in B440, 1st floor Hutton Hub for any additional support.
"Although these incidents are very rare, we want to reassure you of our security and safety measures on campus.
"Please remember our security team operates 365 days a year and has a 24-hour manned control room, coupled with 24-hour patrolling officers covering all areas of both campuses. We have currently increased our security presence, and if you do have specific concerns about the safety of yourself or someone else while on campus, please get in touch."
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Police say at around 3am yesterday a group of people at the University of Hertfordshire's student housing in Newton Court got into a fight.
During this incident, a man sustained a slash wound to his arm and needed stitches.
The second incident, at around 3.30am today, was reported to the Welwyn Hatfield Times by multiple sources as another knife incident.
But police say a number of people were fighting on Roberts Way.
They say no offences or injuries were disclosed and there was no weapons involved in the incident.
And the police escorted four people away from the University.
Enquiries are continuing at this time and anyone with information is asked to contact police.
You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call our non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference for the Newton Court incident 41/113611/19.