Police in Nottingham are sending an urgent warning to students about the dangers of walking home alone late at night.

This is as a result of a sharp rise in the number of students who have reported being robbed in the street.

City Division Chief Inspector Steve Haylett said: “Criminals are looking out for students walking home after nights out in Nottingham. They are more likely to pick on someone who is on their own rather than groups of students walking together. They are looking for cash, mobile phones and items that they can sell.”

Between the beginning of September and the end of December last year, 212 students were robbed throughout the city, compared with 152 in the same period the year before.

The hot spots for robbery are Waverley Street, Shakespeare Street, Forest Road and North Sherwood Street.

Chief Inspector Haylett said some of the victims were young men who had been out drinking and were easy targets for street robbers.

He said: “If you have to walk home, try to stick with your friends and walk home as a group. If you are on your own, it is much safer to take an official licensed taxi.”

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