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Safety criticised after uni stabbing
Penbryn Hall, Aberystwyth
Police found blood at the front and back of Penbryn Hall
Student safety at Aberystwyth has been criticised after a burglary at the university ended with a student being stabbed.

The 19-year-old suffered non-life-threatening chest injuries after he confronted a burglar who had broken into his room and was trying to stealing his computer in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Following the incident, the student union has said it is vital the university does all it can to make ensure students' safety and the university responded by saying a review of security arrangements in the halls was being carried out.

The stabbing took place between 0430GMT and 0500GMT on Thursday at the student flats Penbryn Hall on the university's Penglais campus.

The university know about these failings and others, but no matter how many times they are told they don't seem to do anything about it
Mathew Sims

Dyfed-Powys Police said the incident highlighted the need for students to secure ground floor windows and remove valuable equipment from view.

But a student who lives in student flats on the campus claims doors do not have locks, and windows on the ground floor do not even close.

"As a student with a ground floor rooms in halls myself, I find it all quite disturbing and I think it reflects the inadequacy of security arrangements in the halls," said biology student Mathew Sims who also lives on the campus.

"As an example of this, the flat doors in Penbryn don't have locks and the windows in the ground floor kitchen in my flat don't even close never mind lock."

Mathew Sims at a broken window at the halls of residence in Aberystwyth
Mathew Sims says some of the hall windows are broken

Mr Sims says he and other students have told the hall's management about the lack of security several times.

"The university know about these failings and others, but no matter how many times they are told they don't seem to do anything about it," he added.

But Meilir Emrys, the president of the Guild of Students' at Aberystwyth, said student safety was "of the utmost importance".

"It is vital that the university does all it can to ensure that people living in halls are secure," he said.

A spokesman for the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, said they were co-operating fully with the police investigation.

"We are also consulting with students and staff at Penbryn as part of an ongoing review of security arrangements," he said.

Meanwhile, Police want to hear from anyone who has been offered or acquired computer parts.

The burglar is described as being a man in his early twenties. He was wearing a beanie hat and a dark top.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Aberystwyth police on 01970 612791 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

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