From endless burglaries, knife attacks and muggings, more and more students are calling for action to be taken against the terrifying rates of crime and disorder occurring in the streets.
For those students who do not attend Manchester universities, here is some information on Fallowfield.
Fallowfield is one of the largest student areas in the UK and boasts both university accommodation to student flats and shared houses. There are also bars, pubs, clubs and takeaways, as well as plenty of public parks and two supermarkets.
The clear multitude of resources means that thousands of students flock there every year and clearly, this is often seen as an opportunity for various criminals within the area.
Last week a man was reported to have been stabbed multiple times with a large machete-like knife down Brailsford road, receiving injuries to the arms and legs whilst being confronted by a large group of men at around 4am.
He is currently in hospital recovering.
Another student was attacked and robbed last week whilst being threatened with a crow bar, whilst there are also reports of house burglaries happening in broad daylight, as robbers are practically falling through people’s windows.
These reports come in the wake of last year, where there were reports of sexual abuse and assault on the streets of Fallowfield against girls walking home at night, alongside the attack of a couple leaving the Friendship Inn, a pub based in Fallowfield in the late evening.
In the wake of all this crime, a petition has been set up which has already received 6000 signatures, calling for the area to be made safer for everyone.
Andy Burham, Manchester mayor, has already allegedly promised to raise concerns over Fallowfield with the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, who is claiming that plenty is already being done.
It appears that people living in a large shared student house are at most risk, particularly around the Withington, Rusholme and Fallowfield area, as multiple posts appear on Facebook each morning detailing robberies appealing for help and spreading the warning that thieves are in the area.
Just last month police were reporting incidents of a gang hanging around Platt Field’s Park to attack passers-by before stealing their technological devices, from iPads through to phones and purses.
Greater Manchester Police simply advised people to not walk there alone. That’s all.
In August alone there were 133 incidents reported, these include ’29 reports of violence and sexual offences, 15 burglaries, three robberies and six thefts from a person’.
Clearly, crime rates are now at an alarming level and action needs to be taken.
University should be a time of enjoyment, and not one of fear.