Winchester Police have launched a campaign to ensure university students feel safe in the city.

Hampshire Constabulary will be working alongside Winchester City Council, University of Winchester and Winchester’s Students’ Union to improve the safety of students in the city, with a focus on women and girls.

The Student Safety Partnership aims to raise awareness across the city of crimes such as violence, intimidation, harassment, physical violence, sexual violence and domestic abuse towards women and girls.

As part of the campaign, Neighbourhoods Policing Teams and Winchester City Council will engage with venues and door staff, in order to help them spot the signs of someone who is vulnerable or who needs help.

Teams will also be meeting with Winchester Street Pastors, a group of volunteers, who will be out at night offering reassurance and practical help to anyone who needs it.

Winchester’s District Commander, Chief Inspector Jon Turton, said: “Winchester is a great city to study and live in, and everyone should feel safe to go out in Winchester at night and enjoy themselves.

“A central focus for us is working with local businesses, communities, our invaluable partners across the city and vital volunteers to ensure that everyone can enjoy Winchester safely.

“One of our main focuses continues to be the protection of women and girls from violence in all areas of their lives, whether this be getting home after a night out or ensuring they’re safe behind closed doors once at home.

“We encourage anyone to approach patrolling officers, street pastors or a member of staff in local venue. If no-one is available and you feel unsafe you can call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.”

Councillor Angela Clear, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “As we look forward to welcoming back students to Winchester district this year, we are proud to be part of the Winchester Student Safety Partnership.

“By promoting how to stay safe and challenging unacceptable behaviour, we will continue to make Winchester a pleasant place to visit, live, study, work, and socialise.”