n Exeter student was ‘grabbed’ by a stranger walking home during Freshers’ Week, it has been revealed.
Speaking anonymously, the fourth year student told Exeposé she had left her workplace in town at 2 am to walk home on 17 September. She noticed a stranger following her on Old Tiverton Road, continuing until she reached her Sylvan Road home, near Lafrowda.
The student then proceeded to hide behind her neighbours’ bins, at which point the stranger approached and grabbed her, lifting her off the ground. Managing to injure the stranger’s face with her keys, she was able to escape.
Devon and Cornwall Police have not yet found the perpetrator, who was described as young, blonde and wearing a short black jacket.
The 22-year old, who pointed out that she was “neither drunk” nor “provocatively dressed” said: “I have been here four years and never question walking home. I am never scared in most places in Exeter.
“If I had been drinking or was new in town, I don’t think I could have had the same reaction.”
VP Welfare & Diversity, Naomi Armstrong, commented: “I am very sorry to hear of this student’s experience… I would encourage all students to take care when travelling home at night -stick to well lit areas, walk with company or, if possible, get a taxi.”
Anyone who may have information pertaining to the Sylvan Road incident is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police.