Widespread disorder at uni campus as fireworks thrown and large crowds gather

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Police are investigating after footage shows fireworks being thrown and large crowds gathering on Halloween at a university campus.

Videos posted on social media, reportedly from Saturday night, show chaotic scenes unfold at the University of Hertfordshire.

Large groups were seen to gather outside halls of residence at the university’s campus in Hatfield, Hertfordshire – against coronavirus regulations.

Footage appeared to show fireworks being thrown outside, up into the air and against buildings, HertfordshireLive reports.

Another video seemingly showed a fight broke out between a group of men, who threw punches as they stood outside.

The clips shared online also appeared to show armed police arriving on the scene and patrolling around.

Officers were filmed with helmets and riot shields as they walked around the site.

Social media users claimed police dogs also arrived on the scene.

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The university confirmed it was aware of a “serious incident” but said the circumstances remained unclear.

In a statement from its vice-chancellor, Professor Quintin McKellar, he said it was working closely with police to find out what had happened.

He said: “We are aware of a serious incident on College Lane which took place last night.

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“The circumstances remain unclear.

“We are working closely with Hertfordshire Constabulary who are investigating exactly what happened alongside the University's Security and Dean of Students teams.

“The safety and well being of our community is our highest priority and we will be taking strong disciplinary action against any students involved in last night’s events.”

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One Twitter user posted: “Riot police on university of Hertfordshire campus cause of fireworks for 3 hours.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary said in a statement: "Police were called at around 1.30am on Sunday 1 November to the University of Hertfordshire campus, where a large gathering was taking place with reports of fireworks being thrown.

"Officers on scene worked to disperse the crowd in a peaceful, safe and timely manner.

"One person is known to have had been slightly injured and a 20 year old man was arrested on suspicion of affray. He remains in police custody at this time."

Welwyn Hatfield Chief Inspector Simon Mason said: “I would like to reassure residents that we are working closely with the university to investigate what happened and bring any offenders to justice.

“Our officers worked to safely clear the crowd and made one arrest. We will be enforcing coronavirus regulations by issuing fines where appropriate.”

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