Last Updated on October 10, 2023, 8:04 am
Saint Albans Stabbing – Two students stabbed in broad daylight outside Oakland College campus in St. Albans
On Monday, two students from Oakland College in Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, England, were stabbed outside the campus. According to a witness, they were stabbed in the side and arms.
Hertfordshire Police confirmed that two people were attacked with a knife. The CCTV footage of a local business owner showed a man pulled out a large knife from his rucksack and started to attack in broad daylight.
The authorities were called to the scene. Armed Police, a Police helicopter, and a Herts Air Ambulance responded to the scene just after 3 p.m. The two injured in the attack were identified as students at Oakland College’s campus in St. Albans, on Hatfield Road, Hertfordshire, England.
A shopkeeper, who requested to remain anonymous, said that the man who attacked came into his store around 9:30 a.m. He reportedly demanded tobacco but was refused because he failed to produce the correct ID. He left the establishment but returned at lunchtime.
The Hertfordshire Police released a statement regarding the incident and said,
“Police were called around 3:41 p.m. on Monday to a disturbance on Hatfield, St. Albans.
Officers have attended along with other emergency services. Two people are believed to have been injured and have sustained suspected stab wounds.”
Oakland College said on Monday;
“We are aware of an incident outside our St Albans campus today. Please be assured that we support our students and the college community.”
Later, in another statement, the School said,
“We can confirm a severe incident near the college today, Monday, October 9. We are also aware of the images circulating on social media of the emergency services on our campus. Our college site was used as a central space for the emergency services.
We take our students’ and staff’s safety and security extremely seriously. Our top priority is to ensure that the college community is an entirely safe place for learning, and we will be increasing security presence tomorrow for reassurance.
We are working closely with the Police who are investigating the incident.”
The college also announced that it will open as usual on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
The incident has shocked everyone. A wave of horror wrapped the entire St. Albans community as the search for the attacker continued. The helicopter kept circulating the campus as the horrified students tried to leave the campus for the day.
The college should enlist the help of professional counsellors to help distressed students and staff and offer emotional and psychological support to those who need it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. May they have a speedy recovery physically and emotionally and heal from the trauma they have endured.
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