Loughborough University was recently visited by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry along with Labour Candidate for Loughborough, Stuart Brady. Emily Thornberry is often discussed in conversations about the identity of the next Labour leader.
Ms Thornberry and Mr Brady spoke to a variety of academics and students on campus. These discussions covered areas as diverse as climate change and global terrorism.
The students’ union put on a discussion with international students. The international students raised a number of very concerning issues relating to crime.
Online fraudsters are targetting international students posing as landlords or letting agents, taking advantage of the uncertainty inherent in moving home and moving country. Many are being targetted at the start of term both online and in person at a point when larger transactions would normally take place.
Stuart Brady the Labour candidate for Loughborough said:
“I was genuinely shocked to hear of the scale and targetted nature of these crimes. The sums involved were quite significant and it was telling that of a small group of students Emily and I met, one had suffered significantly as a result of one of these online scams.”
“I am well used to crime being raised as an issue on the doorstep. Often it relates to car crime and break-ins which are a despicable breach of of people’s personal homes and safety.”
“This is also appalling. International students bring a lot of money and talent into the area. I know they choose Loughborough because of the warm welcome they get from our town and the world class university. To hear that criminals are preying on international students like this is very disappointing.”
“This is just one arm of increasingly sophisticated online fraud that seems to have specific tactics depending on what stage of life you are at. Caution is in order whether you are young or old. Much more needs to be done to combat this.”
“For that reason I have written to our Police and Crime Commissioner Willy Bach. I’ve asked him to give me some details on any actions being taken in relation to this and any information about the scale of the problem.”
Mr Brady added:
“Emily Thornberry was absolutely delighted with the program that the University put on for her and the reception she received from students and academics. She was struck by the world class nature of the facilities.”