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Double trouble at Brunel University

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A stabbing and a fire occurred within an hour of each other at Brunel University this evening.

Brunel's Uxbridge campus. A marks the Hamilton Centre and B marks the Heinz Wolff building (just out of shot).

Witnesses reported a man who claimed to have been stabbed near to Cleveland Road, which runs through the middle of the university’s campus in Uxbridge.

Edward Whitaker, a Brunel University student, saw the aftermath.

“Me and Jane were walking past the arts centre,” he says, “and saw some guys having a fight. Then one of them started running towards the Hamilton Centre shouting ‘I’ve been knifed’ and holding his side!”

Police were called at about 8.30pm, arriving on the scene in force. A spokesman described the victim’s injuries as a “slash wound to the body” whilst other eyewitnesses commented how “calm” he was. He was taken to a West London hospital with what police described as “non life-threatening” injuries.

University officials denied that an incident had taken place on campus, whilst police were seen apparently removing bags of evidence from the scene. At the time of writing the police could not confirm whether an arrest had been made.

About an hour after the stabbing, fire alarms in the university’s Heinz Wolff building went off. Campus security evacuated the building just before four fire engines from Hillingdon and Hayes fire stations arrived.

Details about the cause of the fire had not been released at the time of writing but university sources confirmed that works were being carried out on underground tunnels carrying electricity, gas and water supplies to the building. An eyewitness claimed to have seen evidence of a fire from the outside of the building.

No smoke or flames were visible from outside, although a small number of firefighters entered the building with a hose.

editor’s update 2nd Nov: A university source who does not wish to be identified confirms that the fire started because of a light fitting. We are seeking an official statement from the university.

  1. ZK Goh
    Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Am a BA Journalism first year at Brunel. Just to clarify minor points – the Arts Centre which Ed talks about would’ve been nearer to the Lecture Centre (the Kingston Lane entrance) rather than Cleveland Road. And I rang security a while ago, who confirmed the incident.

    • Xenia Coudrille
      Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 1:41 AM

      You are aware that this site is run by Brunel students…

      • ZK Goh
        Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 1:56 AM

        Yes. But the fact is the Arts Centre location does not tally with the reported site of stabbing.

      • ZK Goh
        Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 1:58 AM

        And since you apparently know Ed, ask him. I rang him to double check and he said he’s sure it was next to the lecture centre…

        Not trying to be a nuisance. Just trying to get the facts straight – clearly not easy in a whirlwind like this.

    • Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 2:07 AM

      Arts Centre, lecture centre and Hamilton Centre are all far away enough from each other to be significantly different. The police statement gave Cleveland Road as the location, in any case.

      • ZK Goh
        Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 2:36 AM

        That’s fair enough. My opinion is that Cleveland Road was the closest named street to the incident so that’s probably why the police chose to use that as their reference. In any case… crazy, crazy night!

  2. A.P
    Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    The School of Arts is located by Cleveland Road, the Arts Centre is on campus next to the Lecture centre

  3. Russw
    Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    I went passed the incident as the ambulance was turning up yesterday. It was definately Cleveland Road! I can’t comment on where the actual stabbing took place, but the victim was on a bench outside Mill Hall, with the police. I agree with A.P, the ‘school of arts’ (Gaskell Building) could be what Ed was talking about.
    And, having been a student at Brunel for 4 years, I’m fairly sure Gaz knows his way around campus!

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