Two assaults have been reported on South Campus in the past week, both occurring near Crown Place accommodation.

Students and staff have been urged by the University’s Director of Estates Management to take precaution regarding their personal well being, as it is very unusual for these similar incidents to happen around the same place within a such a short period of time.

On Wednesday evening, a male student was assaulted by one of a group of youths on bikes, in which he was hit on the back of the head near Crown Place. A member of the University Campus Support Team attempted to apprehend one of the youths, and consequently suffered minor injuries, whilst the student avoided serious injuries. This took place around 5:55 PM.

The first incident happened a week before, on 16th November, at around the same time of the evening and in the same place. A male member of staff was assaulted by two youths on bikes. The staff member suffered an injury to his face, which was later treated, and is now recovering at home.

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the email, which was sent out earlier today urging staff and students to ‘be vigilant’

The University of Liverpool’s Campus Support Team is working closely with Merseyside Police to investigate both incidents, examining CCTV from campus in order to identify the unknown perpetrators. Security patrols have been increased on campus, in particular around the area of Crown Place in order to reassure students and staff of their safety.

A Chaperone Service is also available on campus for anyone who feels uneasy and would like a member of the Campus Support Team to accompany them to their car or accommodation.

The University have appealed to any staff or students with information about either incident to call Merseyside Police on 101, or alternatively contact Campus Support, which can be reached on 43252 from an internal university phone or on 0151 794 3252 from a mobile or external phone.