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Cambridge University students warned not to wear their gowns in town for fear of attack

The Telegraph

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“Whilst I suspect this was a random act, it might be prudent for a while at least not to wear your gown about town.”

This is not the first time that Cambridge students have been told not to wear their gowns in town.

In 2012, students were asked not to wear academic gowns or dinner party dress if they go drinking in the city in case they get assaulted by locals.

The advice to "ditch the gown and the tux" was contained in a university video which encourages new students to drink safely.

The video, which was supported by police, warns that academic dress and dinner jackets could make undergraduates an easy target for abuse and attacks by aggressive residents.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: "The victim contacted us to say they were verbally and physically assaulted by a man on Silver Street Bridge at around 9.15am on Sunday.

"He was cycling across the bridge when the man, who is described as tall, white, of a medium build with a beard, approached him and verbally abused him before assaulting him."

A University spokesman said: "We can confirm there was an incident on Sunday morning that has been reported to police. We cannot comment further while a police investigation is ongoing."

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