September 29, 2020
Statement from Malcolm Cowgill, Principal, City of Wolverhampton College:
An incident occurred in Paget Road on the afternoon of Monday, 28 September.
The incident did not occur on college grounds, but beyond the perimeter of the Paget Road campus boundary.
No students, apprentices or staff were harmed and our security staff immediately attended the scene to evacuate the area.
We take the safety of our students, apprentices and staff extremely seriously and have assisted police with their inquiries.
Officers conducted a fingertip search of the area and are studying CCTV to identify where the shots came from.
This was an isolated incident and lessons continued in other buildings on the campus throughout the rest of the day.
Chief Inspector Hasson Shigdar, from Wolverhampton Policing Unit, said: “We are deeply concerned that a firearm has been discharged in broad daylight in the vicinity of the college and also a primary school. We are doing all that we can to trace those responsible and I would ask anyone with information to contact us urgently.
“We do not believe that anyone in the college was targeted as the view into the building is restricted, however we have increased our patrols to offer reassurance to students and residents in the area.”
The police can be contacted via Live Chat on our website at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or by phone on 101 anytime quoting log 2630 of 28/9. Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The Paget Road campus is open as usual and all classes are continuing as planned.
Students and staff who may have been affected by the incident have been offered support from the college’s counselling team.