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Richmond upon Thames College Incident

Thursday 14 October 2021

Richmond upon Thames College confirms that on Tuesday 12 October 2021 there was a serious incident at Craneford Way Playing Fields in Twickenham which unfortunately resulted in the death of a young male who was a student at the College. The student has been named as 18 year old Hazrat Wali from Notting Hill.

Dr Jason Jones, Principal of Richmond upon Thames College said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family and friends at this difficult time. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our students, parents, staff and local community.

Hazrat had a bright future ahead of him. His friends and staff at the College will remember him fondly as a bright and polite young man, well liked by staff and his close-knit group of friends. The College community is hurting but we will continue to do everything that we can to support our students, staff and families during this traumatic time.

We have implemented our College's Emergency Response Plan. This will provide assistance to our students as necessary and has evolved from Local Authorities’ experience with death in the past and the advice of mental health professionals from the community. We have deployed additional resources to the Student Services team who are providing support and counselling to students and staff on site.

Safety remains our number one priority and we will continue to do all we can to keep our students safe at college. To that end, we have enhanced security and surveillance at our entrances following yesterday’s incident and are continuing to work in full co-operation with the Metropolitan police, who are handling the matter”.

Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, commander for policing in south-west London, said, “Our thoughts are with the young victim and his family at this awful time. No young person should lose their life in London and we will do all we can to support our colleagues with their investigation. Local residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area. If anyone has any concerns, or information that could help, I encourage them to contact those officers and tell us what they know.”

Inspector Jon McLoughlin, responsible for Neighbourhood policing in Richmond borough said, “I am very much aware of the community concern following this tragic incident. Officers have been out conducting high visibility foot patrols in the vicinity of Richmond upon Thames College. These patrols will continue for the rest of the week to provide reassurance to students and local community.

We are also working closely with the College, their security team and the council to ensure that students and the local community can feel safe at all times. Safer Schools Officers will further be providing support within the College for all students and staff who may have been affected by this incident.”

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