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Students' shock at serious sex assault on the campus of the University of Kent at Canterbury

10 December 2013
by KentOnline reporter

Students have told of their shock after a 20-year-old was subjected to a serious sexual assault on the grounds of a university campus.

The woman had been out for the evening at The Venue when she is believed to have been raped between 2am and 4.30am on Saturday.

The attack was on a path between The Venue and Parkwood Halls at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Students react to the news of the serious sex assault on the campus at the University of Kent

Students react to the news of the serious sex assault on the campus at the University of Kent

The student was later found in a confused state by a member of the public, who got help for her. 

Fellow student Chisom Edomobi, 21, said news of the attack was "kind of a bit shocking."

She added: "I didn't realise things like that would happen in the university, considering there's lots of campus watch available.

Becky Buchanan, 22, agreed it was quite a shocking thing to happen, but she felt safe on the campus.

And Jenna Dadi, 29, said: "It's a little bit concerning.

Police at the scene in Park Wood Road in Canterbury. Picture @Kent_999s

Police at the scene in Park Wood Road in Canterbury. Picture: @Kent_999s

"I thought the campus was a bit safer and I suppose in the Park Wood area it's students living there." 

DI Jon Holl is heading the investigation.

He said: "Clearly this is a very serious incident and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

 "We have seized CCTV and have cordoned off the area to allow forensic evidence to be gathered. We are also working closely with the University Campus Watch.

Police have cordoned off parts of Park Wood Road in Canterbury. Picture @Kent_999s

Police have cordoned off parts of Park Wood Road in Canterbury. Picture: @Kent_999s

"At this stage we are not ruling out the possibility that the victim may have known the suspect, but it is important that we are able to piece together the events of the evening and I would ask anyone who may be able to help us with this investigation to come forward."

Anyone who can help with information should contact Kent Police on 01227 868032 quoting reference ZY/037335/13. Alternatively contact Kent CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.


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