‘They told me I couldn’t leave until I let them into the building to sell drugs’
A Hiatt Baker fresher was threatened and held against his will by two men posing as taxi drivers who were trying to gain access to the halls of residence.
The first year, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Tab he was ordering a post-club, late-night meal from Jason Donervan’s, when he struck up conversation with a man also outside the food truck, who was apparently refusing to pay the full two pounds for his chips.
The man told the fresher he was a taxi driver, and after negotiating the price back to Stoke Bishop, the first year got into the man’s “taxi”, a silver BMW.
“When I got into the car, there was already another man sitting in the passenger seat, which was weird. Also, I had to direct the ‘cabbie’ back to halls because he didn’t even know where Stoke Bishop was.”
According to the first year, the two men spent the journey repeatedly asking him whether there were currently any parties in Stoke Bishop.
“They kept on shouting, ‘where’s the party at?’ which was obviously really fucking weird.”
When they arrived in Stoke Bishop, the fresher handed over the amount of money that had been agreed, but they demanded more.
After giving up on getting cash from him, they then asked him if he knew anywhere they could sell drugs.
“They asked me if I knew anywhere they could sell Nos or Weed, but I told them I didn’t.
“They still didn’t let me out of the car and were asking me to let them into the building, so I told them what the code was to get them off my back. The next day I realised how stupid that was and quickly got the code changed.”
Since the incident occurred, two men have been caught by security trying to gain access to Hiatt Baker.
A resident of the hall told The Tab: “We were watching TV when we heard a knock at the door.
“We thought it was a friend, so we said ‘it’s open’ and two muttering men were just standing there, looking really awkward. They asked if we wanted to buy any laughing gas.
“We didn’t believe they’d actually come to sell drugs. They looked as though they didn’t expect anyone to be in, as if they were planning on robbing empty rooms. Plus they didn’t even have any laughing gas appliances on them. When they left we called security straight away.”