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“Suspicious package” reported at George Eliot Mailroom
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“Suspicious package” reported at George Eliot Mailroom

At 1.05pm today, students at Royal Holloway were evacuated from various buildings across campus.  Students were told to evacuate and move towards the other end of campus and to congregate at The Hub. Shortly after, security were given the all clear and students were allowed to return.  The Orbital spoke to Surrey Police officers that were present during the incident, and they confirmed that a suspicious package was reported in the George Elliot mailroom, and hence George Elliot, Windsor Building, Emily Wilding Davison library and Founders were all evacuated. The officers noted that the students were difficult to move, and that some remained on campus and officers had to knock on doors and make them move. They ask that students comply and remain vigilant during incidents such as these...
Student Safety On Campus
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Student Safety On Campus

On the 13th of December, at 4:30 am, Surrey Police were called to campus, here at Royal Holloway, to attend to what has now been revealed as a stabbing. The incident occurred outside the SU shop, and whilst the victim is not in a life-threatening condition, nor a student here, it is enough to make some students question the safety of our campus. Is there more that the university could be doing to prevent incidents like this one? Shortly after the incident was reported, the staff at the university issued a statement claiming we are “still one of the safest universities in the UK”. However, currently, the Times Higher Education survey 2018 has placed Royal Holloway as only joint 49th for being ranked as the ‘safest’ university in the UK. Clearly, students do not agree. Having spoken to nu...
Stabbing Reported Outside SU Shop
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Stabbing Reported Outside SU Shop

Surrey Police cordoned off the Student Union shop and the surrounding area in the early hours of this morning between 2.30am and 4:30am. A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed that they responded to reports of an assault. Surrey Police have confirmed that the man was not a student at Royal Holloway. They believe he knew his attackers, but it is unclear why he was on the university campus. There is speculation that the stabbing occurred on campus but this has not yet been confirmed. The SU shop is now open as normal. Surrey Police have released the following statement: “In the early hours of this morning (13 December) Surrey police were called to disorder at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham. We responded quickly and, working in partnership with the univ...
Offenders Sentenced in Sexual Exploitation Ring
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Offenders Sentenced in Sexual Exploitation Ring

A sexual exploitation ring has been discovered in North Surrey and West London. Two people were convicted by a jury in Guildford Crown Court in April, finding them to be guilty of the exploitation of teenage girls in the surrounding areas. Between January and February of 2016, 21 year-old Daniel Pusey and 40 year-old Diane Chilcott would attempt to lure young girls to hotels in Staines, Twickenham, Tolworth and Heathrow. The victims were aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the incidents. They would first consume large amounts of alcohol and smoke cigarettes at Chilcotts House in Chertsey before being driven by the two perpetrators to various hotels. Upon arriving at these hotels, Pusey would subject them to sexual abuse. During the trial, Pusey was found guilty of seven counts o...
Man Arrested on Suspicion of Theft on Campus
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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Theft on Campus

A man was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning on suspicion of theft. Surrey Police have stated they were called to Royal Holloway following reports that a man had attempted to steal a handbag from a car parked on campus. It is reported that the offender was disturbed by the victims whilst attempting to break into the car, and was subsequently challenged by both University security staff and students. The students then proceeded to chase the man and attempted to detain him, but some were allegedly assaulted by the man during the struggle. The Police were then engaged on a hunt for the suspect as he escaped into Egham. Several Police cars were present on the ground and a the crew of a police helicopter searched the gardens of nearby properties, eventually finding the man hi...
New Drugs Testing Kit Results in Egham Arrest
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New Drugs Testing Kit Results in Egham Arrest

Surrey Police have reportedly arrested a 21-year-old in Egham for driving whilst under the influence of drugs, using new roadside drug testing kit introduced this month. The arrest was made on Monday of last week at around 11pm. The driver was pulled over on Priest Hill and found to be in possession of a class B drug, and under its influence whilst driving, using the new technology. The man, who originates from Middlesex, has been released on bail until late April. The new drugs testing kit, named DrugWipe, tests for substances including Cocaine, Cannabis, Amphetamine and Methamphetamines (MDMA) in under 10 minutes using a suspects saliva. Surrey Police have commented that the new kit will be a ‘valuable addition’ in the fight to tackle drug driving.
Armed Police Called to Egham Station
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Armed Police Called to Egham Station

On Sunday the 1st of February armed police arrived at both Egham and Virginia Water train stations in search of a man possessing a firearm absconding from London. Passengers waiting at the stations reported that several police response vehicles arrived on Sunday morning, carrying armed police and dog units who proceeded to make a sweep of the stations. A Spokesman from Surrey Police reported that officers were indeed called to the railway stations in both Egham and Virginia Waters after the Metropolitan Police Service had alerted them at approximately 10:15am. Likewise a spokesman from the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at approximately 8.30am to reports of a male seen with a firearm at Victoria Coach Station." The identity of the armed man is unknown and British Transpor...
Egham Hit and Run Crash still under Investigation
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Egham Hit and Run Crash still under Investigation

On January 24th, a crash took placed near the newly opened Waitrose store in Egham, of which the cause and the identity of the diver still remain unclear. Surrey Police are still appealing for witnesses to establish more details about the crash. Two weeks ago, it was reported that a silver Subaru Forester collided with a set of traffic lights near Waitrose in Church Road around 9 pm on Saturday (24 January). Eyewitnesses said that some passengers and the driver fled the scene before the Police arrived, the Police are now appealing for more witnesses to help them understand the scene. A spokesman from Surrey Police said, “Members of the public reported that the vehicle driver and several other occupants had run from the scene of the collision prior to police attending the location.” “...