Hereford & Worcester

University of Worcester security staff given right to fine

Security staff at the University of Worcester have been given the power to fine students.

West Mercia Police have given five security staff a range of special powers, including the right to confiscate alcohol.

Chief Inspector Jerry Reakes-Williams said: "Those employees who will be given the powers have been trained and vetted."

They will wear recognisable clothing and a badge that confirms their status.

The staff will be able to give fixed penalty notices for a range of offences including breaching a fireworks curfew, setting off fire alarms, fly posting and dropping litter.

The university had to be assessed by West Mercia Police to pass its Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.

Tom Taylor, head of security and campus services at the University, said: "Fixed penalty notices will always be a last resort but we hope that by having our staff trained to this level will enable us to deal with any incidents in a swift and appropriate manner."

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