The University of East London’s campus was put on lockdown on Tuesday night, after a student was stabbed.
The male student was rushed to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. According to the Evening Standard, the authorities immediately started searching for the suspect, who is still at large.
The victim, a student in his twenties, was knifed in front of the main entrance of the university’s Docklands campus at 9pm, after a confrontation with someone apparently not affiliated with the university. Witnesses reported that the victim was given first aid by the security guards before being transported to hospital.
Immediately after the attack, students were told not to leave their accommodation and many were locked inside the sports centre whilst the police scoured the terrain.
Music management undergraduate Donna Ashby told the Evening Standard: “Police started searching around the road entrance to the university, it looks like they found a jacket and took it away in an evidence bag.”
The main entrance to the student village was cordoned off overnight as the investigations continued. The modern campus, close to London City Airport, accommodates nearly 1,200 students.
Witnesses said the attacker fled towards Gallions Reach DLR station.
The university advertises their Docklands campus as “modern, secure and convenient.” Their website also describes “numerous CCTV cameras positioned around the Student Village.”
Photo pictures the police seal off the area after the incident. Credit: Donna Ashby