Police are launching a criminal investigation after a 21-year-old female was attacked on Gordon Avenue, around 19.45 yesterday evening.
The victim was on the phone to her mother at the time of her attack and was threatened with a sharp weapon before being injured in the stomach . The female was later taken to hospital with what is described as non-life threatening injuries.
The 21-year-old, who is believed to be a student at the University, activated a personal alarm and fled to a nearby house.
The attack is one in a line of incidents involving students to have happened within the last fortnight. On Friday night two male students at the University were attacked by four men who jumped them from a car at approximately 2.15am at the end of Alma Road on their way home from a night out.
One of the victims from Friday night was taken to hospital with a broken jaw, it is believed. Fourth-year Maths student Stuart Wells witnessed the attack. He said: ‘These guys in a car were starting on the two students, who ignored them and carried on walking. But the car drove forward and waited for them where Alma Road meets Portswood Road, where they got out and kicked the hell out out them. They had a chain or a belt or something and started hitting one of the guys with it when he was already on the floor.’
When asked about the latest attacks, a police spokesperson said: ‘There’s unfortunately always an increase in attacks on students at the start of the academic year – there is a peak and it always happens. I know the Crime Prevention Unit did a lot of work with freshers to ensure they knew the best ways to keep themselves protected against robbery and things like that. Its just that students are more likely to be about late at night.’
Last night’s attack saw the whole of Gordon Avenue, Earls Road and Livingston Road cordoned off for the night, with people not allowed through until approximately 11.30pm. Police conducted door-to-door enquiries late into the night in attempts to ascertain details of the incident.
In a press release, Detective Sergeant Will Whale said: ‘This is a high density student area and there would have been a lot of people around at the time of this attack. I need people to come forward and tell us if they saw or heard anything which could be connected and help us in this investigation.’
Police are asking for anyone who was in the area for either of the attacks to come forward with any information by calling 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.