Call for universities to stop keeping students and parents in dark on crime stats

Only four of 143 universities publish information on crime. Now, there are demands to make them

When Nigel Herring received a call at 3.30am from his daughter Lydia, a student at Salford University, he knew something was wrong. She had returned home from a night out with her housemates to find they had been burgled: one bedroom had been ransacked and all their laptops were gone.

“Hearing her panicking and crying and knowing we were two hours’ drive away made us feel so helpless,” says Herring, a bus driver and part-time firefighter, who lives near Whitby, North Yorkshire.

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