Chinese students left bleeding and scared to walk the streets after attacks in Sheffield
Chinese students were left bleeding and in need of hospital treatment after being attacked in Sheffield, it is claimed.
It is reported that a number of female students were left bleeding after being struck over the backs of their heads while walking the streets.
There are unconfirmed reports that as many as eight students may have been attacked over recent days.
It is understood that they are University of Sheffield students.
Posting on Twitter and tagging the University of Sheffield and Chinese Embassy, a woman who she has been helping the victims in the wake of the attacks, said: “These incidents have caused significant health and mental suffering to the victims, and Chinese students at the university are now living in fear.
“We are afraid that one day, somebody might die from such incident.
“I am not the victims or witness. I just helped them to write letters and report to university. And I am really concerned on these incidents too.”
Another student posted: “We are scared of walking on along in the street.”
A number of international media outlets, including China Global Television Network, have reported on the claims of violence.
The Chinese Consulate General in Manchester is reported to have ‘strongly condemned’ the violence and called for reassurances over the personal safety of Chinese students.
A University of Sheffield spokesperson confirmed that some students were targeted and said a police probe is under way.
The university stressed incidents such as this are taken ‘ extremely seriously’.
“We were saddened to learn of these incidents and are doing everything we can to support the students involved and assist the police in their investigation,” the spokesperson added.
“The safety and wellbeing of our students is always our top priority and we take incidents like this extremely seriously. We are committed to ensuring that all our students and staff have confidence that they study, work and live in a safe and inclusive environment.”
South Yorkshire Police was contacted yesterday but has not yet released a statement about the incidents.
Anyone with information about the incidents should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.