New figures on crimes against students published

Published on by Ant McEwan (author)

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According to new statistics from The Complete University Guide, crimes most likely to affect students living in Brighton and Hove during term time include robbery, burglary and violent and sexual offences. 

And the recent report, published online, shows that 35 in every 1000 students in Brighton and Hove reported violent and sexual offences to the police last year.

 

Figures per 1000 students (from L to R): Robbery, Burglary, Violent and Sexual Offences and Total.

University of Brighton currently has over 20,000 students enrolled and studying in the city. We spoke with some students at the Moulsecoombe campus, to find out if they feel safe studying in our city.

One student told us he felt safe here, over his 4-year residency whilst studying at the university.

However, another student told us how she had items stolen whilst out with friends. And another time whilst travelling through the Level park, had a firework thrown toward her.

The Complete University Guide researched student-reported crimes over the last year (2018-19), and have produced a map, highlighting where the the highest number of crimes were committed.

The area with the most student-reported crime is unsurprisingly across central Brighton - specifically around the Regency seafront and business ward - which ranks high on overall crime in the city (according to Sussex Police crime statistics).

This comes after updates on recent violent crimes committed on North Street - in the Regency Business area.

Sussex Police have arrested a 19-year-old man from Croydon and a 25-year-old man of no fixed address, on suspicion of the murder of 24 year old Billy Henham. His body was discovered at a building in North Street, Brighton on Thursday the 2nd January. Three other men were arrested on the 3rd of January.

And following the release of CCTV footage yesterday, Sussex Police arrested a 20 year old man in connection with an assault. The incident involving a group of men and 34-year-old Cameron Devlin occurred in North Street, Brighton, around 3.50am on the 21st December.

Mr Devlin, from Hove, suffered facial injuries and sadly died on Boxing Day. Sussex Police continue to investigate whether the assault lead to his death.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them via the Sussex Police website, or by phoning 101, quoting 'Operation Curve'.

We wanted to know if these figures and recent reports represented a cause for concern for students studying across the next year. We approached Sussex Police liaison officer for University of Brighton, Roisin Vafaee, for a statement - but are yet to receive a reply.

We also approached Brighton and Hove City Council, who refused to provide a statement.

 

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