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Thursday, 7 November, 2002, 13:46 GMT
Anger grows over students
Student group
The University rejects claims of tension
Residents are warning of possible vigilante attacks against students living in the West End area of Lincoln.

Locals say there is a growing sense of frustration in the community about the student population, which many residents blame for a rise in litter and noise.

It is also claimed that a number of landlords have been undermining the area's sense of community by renting properties exclusively to students.

But a spokesman for the University has condemned suggestions of vigilantism, calling them irresponsible.


I don't know of any problems in the West End, of tensions between students and locals

Jed Ashbury Lincoln University

Trudie Farrely, chair of the West End Residents' Association, said: "These people are getting angry and are talking about vigilantes.

"Now we don't want that, do we? We don't want people to get hurt.

"There is nothing worse, if you are tired, you don't get your sleep and you're not earning your money."

Student housing

But Jed Ashbury, a spokesman from the University of Lincoln, said students were being used as a scapegoat.

"I certainly think that would be a bad idea, it should be discouraged.

"I don't know of any problems in the West End, of tensions between students and locals.

"I live in the West End and I have never come across these problems."

The West End Association is calling for student housing to be capped and the university to join forces with the city council to construct student housing.


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