Julia Belgutay

How safe is your college?

While terrorist incidents at educational institutions in the UK are rare, it is vital that emergency procedures are in place to deal with such attacks. But are colleges doing enough to keep their staff and students out of harm’s way? Julia Belgutay investigates

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It is the nightmare of anyone working in a college – news that a possible attacker is approaching the campus or has even found his way into a building full of students and staff. And while it will remain no more than a nightmare for most, this is exactly what people experienced at Stafford College only a few months ago.

Shortly after 5pm one Tuesday afternoon, a man, reportedly carrying a knife, entered the campus without permission through the reception area. Staff swiftly executed a full lockdown procedure. Thankfully for all involved, police declared the incident over two hours later, with ...

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