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Queen's University Belfast increase security patrols over report of library intruder

Queen's University has increased security patrols after reports of a library intruder.
Allan Preston

QUEEN’S University Belfast have increased security patrols after a student reported being followed into a library by an intruder.

Posting on social media, the student urged other women on campus to be careful after “a random man in his 20s/30s came into the library at around 9pm tonight (March 19) with no bag or books etc and sat right beside me in a nearly empty room for two hours, staring at me the whole time.”

They added: "Another girl told security (thank you so much) and they walked me home.”

During the encounter, the student also claimed the man had followed her to the toilets on one occasion.

A Queen’s University spokesperson said: “The university has been made aware of a security concern and continues to work with the PSNI to resolve the issue.

“In the meantime, we have increased patrolling around the library and nearby areas to ensure that our students feel safe and supported on campus.

“Our 24-hour security service can be contacted on 028 9097 5099 and we would encourage anyone who feels unsafe to get in touch."

Chief Inspector Neil Beck added: “Police have been made aware of a report made to security staff at Queen’s University Belfast and are currently making enquiries. We will continue to work closely with the university and have officers on patrol in busy student areas.”


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