Students React to Broadlands Murder
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The revelation on Friday morning that a woman had been found seriously injured in a flat in Portswood, and had died shortly after while being attended to by paramedics, has shocked the local community and students alike. Despite police reassurance that the attack was not random and that no one is currently at risk in the Portswood area, it is hard to ignore unsettling situations such as this, particularly so close to home. TNS spoke to some students of the University of Southampton and heard their reactions to this sad event. Charlotte Johnson, a first year student who has made plans to live in Portswood next year, said: ‘I find it very concerning. As a female I already feel vulnerable when I go on nights out or walk in the dark, and the fact that the incident happened both near to the university and near to the area where I'll be living next year makes it worse.’ Florence Fagan, a small halls student planning to move to Portswood in the coming year agreed, adding: ‘it is alarming that so much crime seems to happen in a primarily student neighbourhood. It seems to be the case that crime in student areas is just accepted as one of those things.’ It is clear that whilst the student community is not directly implicated in the Broadlands Road Investigation, many within it have been affected by the incident. However, a current resident of Broadlands Road, student Kerry Matthews, said of the event: ‘I was very shocked to see what appeared to be an investigation of a serious crime less than 100m from my home, although I would say that it doesn't make me feel any more unsafe than usual as coming from a rural town to a city means I am never lackadaisical with personal safety.’
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