Surrey

Three attacks on Royal Holloway students

Talks have been held between Surrey Police and college officials after a spate of attacks on students in Egham.

Three incidents have been reported over eight weeks and students at Royal Holloway College have been advised to walk in groups.

Two victims were robbed by three men, and one was threatened at knifepoint.

Police said they were keeping an open mind on whether the crimes were linked but said there was no evidence at this stage to suggest they were connected.

In the first robbery, the offenders took a holdall, and in the second, they took a mobile phone and cash. In the third incident, the victim handed over a wallet containing cash and bank cards.

'Be alert'

Neighbourhood Sgt Iain Weaving said police were working closely with the college to ensure students' safety. High visibility police patrols are being carried out in the area.

Christopher Butler, head of the support and advisory service at Royal Holloway, said: "We're conscious students do have a fair bit of kit about them and can be victims of robbery.

"We're reiterating our advice to students to be careful, take sensible precautions, and don't be fearful but be alert."

Mr Butler said nationally students tended to be disproportionately the victims of crime and Royal Holloway was keen to ensure students were discrete about equipment they carried.

He added: "We've got a big campus with very large acreage just on the edge of Egham. I think one thing is the campus itself is extremely safe and sometimes students forget they've wandered off the campus."

"There are some dark areas in Egham and in Englefield Green and we do strongly urge our students to go out in groups when possible and not to walk through the darkest areas especially at night."

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