UPDATE: Police have now lifted the cordon between the Union Shop and the Windsor building, with normal access restored to all buildings in the area.
Police have cordoned off the area between Royal Holloway’s Union Shop and Windsor building this morning, following an incident in the early hours of this morning (13th December). Access to the Union shop has been limited to the library entrance door as a result of the incident.
Police have confirmed in a statement that a man, who is not a student at Royal Holloway, was stabbed in the buttocks during the early hours of this morning. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, and that the victim is believed to have known his attackers.
The police presence on campus is currently very small – there are currently no more than two officers visible on the cordon. Other media outlets are reporting a “large police presence”.
An officer on the scene told Insanity that the police are expecting to lift the cordon within the next few hours.
A source from South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed to Insanity that they had “responded to the university following reports of an assault in the early hours of this morning. However, no one required hospital treatment.”
Any person with information relating to the incident is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101.
Surrey Police have just released the following statement:
Did you see an incident at Royal Holloway University early this morning?
In the early hours of this morning (13 December) Surrey police were called to disorder at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham. We responded quickly and, working in partnership with the university security team, quickly bought the situation under control.
We later received a call from the BP petrol station on Egham Hill, from a man who had received a stab injury to the buttocks. The man has been taken to hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Officers currently believe that the victim, who is not a student at the university, knew his attackers.
Surrey Police are working closely with Royal Holloway in the investigation of the disorder, and how the man came to receive his injuries. There is an enhanced police and security presence across the campus today in order to reassure students and staff, and to gather intelligence and evidence. There is a police cordon outside the university shop while the scene is searched.
Neighbourhood Commander Nick Pinkerton said: “I want to reassure students, staff and the public that this was a very unusual incident and my officers are working hard to secure CCTV and other evidence, with support from Royal Holloway, to find and arrest the individuals responsible.
“If you saw or heard anything that you think could help our investigation, or if you have footage or photos from the altercation outside the library and shop area, please contact police urgently – either by calling 101, or speaking to an officer in person. I am aware that the students will be heading home for Christmas shortly, and I would like to speak to any students who can help our investigation before they leave.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference PR/45180132338.
Royal Holloway has released the following statement:
“We are aware that there was an incident on campus in the early hours of this morning (13 December) and the area between the Students’ Union shop and the Windsor Building is currently cordoned off.
All Buildings are open and the Students’ Union Shop is accessible through the Davidson building.
Surrey Police are investigating and are working with our Security team.
Incidents on campus are rare and we are one of the safest university campuses in the UK.
We understand that this may be concerning to members of our community and we will provide any updates as we receive them.”
More information will be added to this post once available.