Police search as Hendrefoelan student is left with head injuries

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SOUTH Wales Police are investigating an incident where a student suffered head injuries after being hit with a fire extinguisher.

Officers are studying CCTV pictures which show three males at the entrance of Hendrefoelan student village at around 3.30am on Thursday, March 22, just before the Easter break.

Three males were seen appearing to be drunk and started spraying each other with a small fire extinguisher.

At one point, one of the men was sprayed in the face and then hit on the head, knocking him unconscious.

The 19-year-old victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

He has told officers he does not know the identity of the men who attacked him.

It is not known if they are also students or locals.

Swansea University’s security staff passed on the CCTV footage to the police so they could investigate.

At the time of going to print, no arrests had been made but an appeal has been made for anyone with information to come forward.

PC Katryna Evans said: “We want students to enjoy their experiences at university however everyone is more vulnerable to crime when they’ve been drinking.

“I would like to remind students of their responsibilities for their own safety and the for that of their peers.

“The university will be made aware of anyone arrested and this could have a detrimental effect on your future careers. Please drink responsibly.”

A university spokesperson added: “The 2010 Complete University Guide ranked Swansea as the sixth safest place to live in the UK.

“Even so, the University is committed to providing a safe learning and social environment for its staff and students.

“There is a police officer based on the campus and a new Police Community Support Officer on hand to advise on crime prevention.

“The Students’ Union also offers free personal safety alarms that can be carried in a handbag, on a key ring or used to secure a window or a door.”

Students have already been warned about the dangers of playing with fire extinguishers.

In September, a fresher faced disciplinary proceedings after two other first year students ended up in hospital having been sprayed in the face with an extinguisher.

Both suffered breathing problems after being covered in foam.

Ryland Williams, station manager in community risk reduction at Mid and West Wales fire service said at the time:

“Playing around with fire extinguishers may seem like fun initially, but it can have serious consequences if they’re needed in an emergency.”

Police are appealing for anyone who has information on the latest incident to call the police non-emergency number on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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