Increased security at Glasgow University following sex attacks

News Editor Emma McLaren discusses security at Glasgow University after multiple sex attacks

Emma McLaren
12th December 2019
Glasgow University

The University of Glasgow has increased security on campus after reports of sex attacks in the local area.

Police have confirmed that investigations are underway regarding four separate incidents that occurred in the city’s west end, which is close to the university campus.

According to a spokesman from the University of Glasgow, lighting on campus has been improved and security patrols increased in order to ensure safety for staff and pupils.

The university claimed on twitter that they were working “very closely” with the police, saying, "Incidents like this are rare and student and staff safety is of the utmost importance to the university."

A 34-year-old has been arrested in connection to three of the assaults in the area, and is expected to appear in court.

A Police Scotland Spokesman said that a "34-year-old man was arrested and charged following a report of three sexual assaults on 17 October 2019 - one in Lawrence Street, Partick and one in Napiershall Street, North Woodside and 24 October in Cranworth Street, Hillhead."

The spokesman also confirmed that other enquiries are taking place: "We can confirm that inquiries are ongoing following a report of the serious sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman in Sutherland Lane, near University Place, Hillhead, in the early hours of Thursday 31 October 2019.”

The University has emphasised the importance of student and staff safety in the area whilst such investigations are underway.

This news comes after increasing concern of similar issues close to Newcastle University campus. Multiple submissions have been made on the Newfess Facebook page about individuals being followed home from university near the Jesmond area.

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