This afternoon, Fife Police Division issued a statement via their Facebook page urging “vigilance” among the student population in St Andrews following multiple instances of violence involving students in the past few weeks.
The post stated that four incidents have taken place between Sunday 13 October and Thursday 21 November involving violence against students on the streets of St Andrews.
They claim that three of these incidents have been detected, with five people charged and reported to the relevant authorities. Those charged were between the ages of 14 and 21.
Inquiries remain ongoing into another assault which took place on South Street in October.
The statement comes shortly after The Saint reported lack of action on Police Scotland’s part regarding altercations between young people and students in the town, which led to growing concern amongst the student population.
thankfully nobody has been seriously injured
Sergeant Matt Spencer, of the Community Policing team in St Andrews said that the police division wanted to “ensure that students continue to feel safe while they live and study in the town,” and assured that they are liaising with partners including the University, Students’ Association and local elected members.
Sergeant Spencer said, “Thankfully nobody has been seriously injured in any of these incidents but understandably they have caused concern among the student population.
“Students should be able to go about their lives without any fear of crime but I would urge people to be vigilant. Anyone who has any concerns can contact police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Students can also seek advice from appropriate services at the University.”
Due to these incidents, which the police assure “will not be tolerated” by them, patrols in key areas have been increased. Additional resources from outwith the area have also been sought as a means of ensuring a visible police presence.
In response to Police Scotland’s statement, a University spokesperson said, “St Andrews remains one of the safest towns in Europe and incidents such as this are rare. However we would urge students to contact the police in the first instance should they have any issues.”