The Wessex Scene and Soton Tab Editors received a hoax email which appeared to be sent from the University Control Room at 21:26 tonight, Sunday May 5, concerning an alleged attack and hostage situation at Glen Eyre Halls.
The email stated that an armed man had ‘attacked a small number of students (less than 10), leaving them all with minor injuries’.
The email also made claims about the attacker, saying he was hiding in an office building on the site and that he was possibly holding hostages.
After contacting University Security, we can now confirm that the email was not sent by them as the account holder of firstname.lastname@example.org cannot send emails from this account.
University security say their next step is to contact the University IT department on Tuesday and from there hope to work out where the email was sent from.
The Wessex Scene will keep you updated as more information becomes available.