3.15 pm GMT -Reports are coming that police carrying firearms have rushed to Bournemouth University after the campus was put ‘on lock-down’. The exact reasons not known why emergency services were rushed to the scene, but a ‘knife man covered in blood’ was reportedly seen trying to enter buildings.
Students and staff were told to stay where they were for around 50 minutes before being allowed to leave. First year journalism student Oliver McManus, has spoken to several people who were put on lock-down, including his flatmate, who said the doors were locked during his forensics lecture. He told a source: ‘I was speaking to a girl who was in a different class, she said they locked the door and hid under the desk.’
Students took to social media to let everyone know, parents and friends that are safe.
Mr McManus said the mood was more one of ‘confusion’ than panic as people tried to find out what happened. He said the ‘general consensus’ among students was that the knife-man and the man covered in blood were the same person, but police are yet to confirm this. An NPAS helicopter was also thought to be hovering above the Talbot Campus, after the incident kicked off at around 3pm. Student Rachel Carroll, 19, said: ‘A man walked into the SUBU building covered in blood. ‘It’s not sure yet if it’s a knife or a gun. But everyone is on lock-down, students, and lecturers.’
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