14-year-old among those arrested for ‘violent attacks’ on St Andrews students

Police are increasing patrols


Five people, including a 14-year-old, have been arrested after a series of "violent attacks" targeted at St Andrews Students.

Four assaults have been reported between the 13th of October and 21st of November. The attacks are belived to be linked, and were carried out by the same group.

Police have since stepped up patrols to ensure there is a "visible police presence" in town, The Scottish Sun reports. When approached by The St Andrews Tab on the 14th of October, a spokesperson said they were "unable to accommodate requests from students or for student publications and outlets" due to "significant demand."

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Four men and one woman have been arrested in connection with the three alleged incidents. Police are still investigating the fourth.

The Community Policing team's Sergeant Matt Spencer told The Scottish Sun: "Thankfully nobody has been seriously injured in any of these incidents but understandably they have caused concern among the student population.

"We want to ensure students in St Andrews continue to feel safe while they live and study in the town.

"We are liaising with a number of partners, including the university, student association and local elected members.

"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.

"As a result of these incidents, which will not be tolerated by the police, we have increased patrols in key areas and have drawn on additional resources from outwith the area to ensure a visible police presence.

"We are grateful for the support of the local community while we carry out this work."

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