Baseball bat attack at Queens’

Jennifer Boon – Deputy News Editor 4 February 2010

A Queens’ student was hospitalised this week after being attacked outside her car which was parked at the Owlstone Croft, Queens’ hostel.

The attack happened at 4.45pm on Friday 29th January.

The twenty-two year old student got out of her car and saw a man running towards her with his arms outstretched. She was struck on the back of her head with a baseball bat and fell to the ground. The attacker then struck her several times on the knees.

A witness of the attack banged on their window causing the attacker to run away, exiting the car park onto Owlstone Road.

The victim was admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with severe bruising. She has since been discharged.

Detective Sergeant Lindsay Harbour said: “This was a terrifying attack for the victim.

“Luckily there was someone in the area who scared off the attacker. At this stage we are treating this as an isolated incident.

“I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this attack who hasn’t yet come forward and anyone who saw a man in dark clothing running away from the scene possibly carrying a bat.

“The victim was left extremely shaken.”

Queens’ students were informed about the attack in an e-mail from Emil Hewage, the Queens’ JCR president.

Mr Hewage told the JCR that he was forwarding information from the Senior Tutor, Dr Kelly.

The students were told, “Earlier today a Queens’ student was assaulted near Owlstone Croft. The student is now in hospital but the attacker has since fled the scene.”

According to Mr Hewage, Dr Kelly “stressed that all students should be vigilant, especially in dimly lit areas in and around the city.”

Tim Holt, a spokesman for the university, told The Cambridge Student (TCS) that, “Students should be careful and aware of their surroundings.”

However, Mr Holt agreed with the police in stating that this was “an isolated incident.”

The police described the attacker as white and six foot tall. He was wearing a black hooded top with the words ‘Fight Club’ in white written on the back.

He wore his hood up and carried a baseball bat described as black with a white tip. The attacker is thought to have been in his late teens to early twenties.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Harbour at Parkside Police Station on 0345 456 456 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Jennifer Boon – Deputy News Editor