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Uni staff wearing stab vests.

OUT of hours university security staff are wearing stab vests, it has been revealed.

Huddersfield University says its external weekend and night-time contractors have chosen to wear stab vests.

But the university's own staff do not as there has never been a reason for them to do so. It comes as a survey revealed that 40% of universities in Yorkshire now employ security guards who wear stab vests while on duty.

A spokesman for Huddersfield University said their own campus security staff did not wear stab vests, adding: "There is no reason to and we've never had reason for staff to wear stab vests.

"We employ a company which provides out of hours and weekend security for us and they may require their staff to wear stab vests, but it's not our decision."

The company, Bradford-based Kings Security Systems, do require their staff to wear stab vests while they work on a range of contracts in the area, including that at the Huddersfield campus.

Security staff at other universities in the region also employ staff who wear stab vests, although 60% of universities say they don't.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2010
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