Two students attacked in York
2:45pm 9th June 2010
(Updated 5:26pm 10th June 2010)
Two students have been assaults in York in the last three days.
Police says in both cases the victims were threatened to hand over their belongings.
One of them resisted and was struck with a heavy object cutting his face.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the first attack on Walmgate at around 11.30pm on Monday 7th June 2010.
They're a 21 year old man, two 15 year old boys, a 16 year old boy and a 13-year-old girl.
They've all been released on conditional bail as enquiries continue.
Two of the five, the 21 year old man and the 16 year old boy, have also been arrested regarding the second incident on Tuesday at 3.30am.
Police are also seeking witnesses and information to help with their enquiries into this incident, which they believe is linked to the robbery.
As a result of the two incidents, the local Safer Neighbourhood Team have increased patrols in the area of Walmgate Stray and the University of York campus and are providing reassurance to students and other residents.
Sergeant Andy Haigh, of Fulford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It is important to stress that the University campus is generally a safe place to be and the University has very good security in place.
“I would advise people using Walmgate Stray as a cut through to be extra vigilant, especially after dark.
"We are deploying extra officers and PCSOs to the area who will provide a visible presence to ensure the safety of our community.
“Any residents with concerns are welcome to contact the local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 60 60 24 7.”
Anyone with any information that could help the police with their enquires is urged to contact DC John Phillips, of York CID, on 0845 60 60 24 7.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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