Safety plea after crazed knifeman threatens University of Derby student

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The University of Derby has issued a safety warning after one of its students was threatened by a knife-wielding robber.

Police are continuing to hunt for the crazed thug who screamed at his victim as he waved the six-inch blade at her during the incident at around 11.15pm on Thursday, January 11.

Kim Sergison was walking along Nuns Street back to her student accommodation after finishing a shift at Kedleston Fish Bar when the man approached her and threatened her.

The university has now emailed students to say: "Walk confidently and be aware of what's going on around you at all times. If you're planning on going out for a night out, make sure you know how you're getting home before you go out.

"Book a taxi or make an arrangement with a friend to get home together. Keep bags closed, zipped up and buckled. Be extra careful with rucksacks. If someone grabs it, let it go. Bags - and their contents - can be replaced.

"Carry your wallet out of sight. When using a cash machine, go in daylight or choose a well-lit one. If you're taking your laptop somewhere, keep it hidden in an anonymous bag like a rucksack.

University of Derby student Kim Sergison

University of Derby student Kim Sergison

"If you take your mobile out with you, keep it hidden and keep calls brief. If you suspect you're being followed, cross over the road see if they follow. If they do go into a pub or shop to call a mate or the police.

"Have your house keys ready before you reach the door - and carry them in your pockets, not in your bag. Rummaging around for them means you're not looking at what's around you."

The advice also includes not letting strangers into accommodation and to shout and run if you start to get attacked. It also recommends buying a security alarm.

Miss Sergison, 20, spoke to the Derby Telegraph about her ordeal after her bag was taken. She said she feared her attacker would stab her. She said she feared he was capable of killing somebody and issued an appeal to the public for anybody with information to come forward and contact the police.

Anyone with information can call PC Andy Walters, from Derbyshire police, on 101, quoting reference 18000017418.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.