Leeds-based events company steps up to provide security for Headingley alley after student assault
Security will patrol the alley everyday between 6-11pm
A Leeds-based events company called Fresh2Death has teamed up with True Security Solutions, to provide security guards for the alleyway that runs alongside Headingley Stadium, following recent reports of a sexual assault.
Fresh2Death announced the plans through a post on its Facebook page, urging members of Leeds Student Group to share the news with friends.
Since 27th October, two members of security have been patrolling the alleyway between 6pm and 11pm every night, offering to accompany people down the passage with the hope of making them feel safer.
A spokesperson for True Security Solutions told The Leeds Tab: “Our staff are all handpicked to be friendly and happy to people passing too, they’re not just security”.
It comes as no surprise therefore, that on the first night, those working that shift were given hot drinks and cake as a thank you from the local community.
Currently, the cost of this service is being covered entirely by Fresh2Death and True Security Solutions, but anyone wishing to donate, can do so through the GoFundMe page which has also been set up.
If enough money is raised, additional security will be provided with the potential for additional hours.
Furthermore, any donations leftover will be given to a charity that supports young sexual assault victims.
But Fresh2Death aren’t stopping there. They have also reported that they are aiming to make connections with local businesses, the universities, council and local MP Alex Sobel in order to come up with a more permanent solution in which students can feel safe walking down the alley without, essentially, a “guard”.
While the petition has gained over 9,000 followers in just five days, the Council is yet to respond.
The protest aims to raise awareness of sexual assault in student areas as well as essentially reclaim the alleyway.
Featured image: via Instagram @truesecuritysolutions