/Student forced to transfer bitcoin now worth £68k after being held at knifepoint stunned after cops drop…

Student forced to transfer bitcoin now worth £68k after being held at knifepoint stunned after cops drop…

A FRESHER was robbed at knifepoint for Bitcoin now worth a whopping £68,000 during his first week at university.

The lad was forced to move back home after eight thugs stormed his accommodation in Kent and demanded the security passwords to his financial apps.

A student at a Kent uni was robbed at knifepoint for Bitcoin which would now be worth a whopping £68,000

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A student at a Kent uni was robbed at knifepoint for Bitcoin which would now be worth a whopping £68,000

Now his horrified mum has warned others to take care after the 20-minute ordeal at Canterbury Christ Church University.

She said her son had been discussing cyber-currency with a new friend on campus just five days after he started his course.

She said: “It was the first friend my son made from university and he was from London.

“They were just having lads’ talk.

“The conversation turned to financial and the friend started talking about cyber currency.”

The mother alleges the other student then invited eight school friends over from East London – and her son instantly “knew he was in trouble”.

No one was ever charged in connection with the incident.

The student’s cryptocurrency was worth £6,000 at the time of the robbery last year – but its value has leapt over the past 12 months.

A further £3,000 of his grant money was also stolen.

After the violent mugging, the victim phoned the police before rushing over to a security hut on the university premises.

The victim’s mum alleges the security guards didn’t attend the scene.

She said: “He phoned the police and they didn’t attend because there was something more important on that night.

“The only action the university took was moving him to different accommodation.

“He was too traumatised so he moved back home even though he had safer and better accommodation.

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“He was terrified, emasculated, humiliated and abused.

“You don’t hand over nearly £10,000 if you don’t think you’re not going to get injured.”

None of the money could be refunded and the police investigation was dropped after eight months.

The victim’s mother said she was frustrated with the response from the security staff at the campus and how the police handled the case.

In a warning to other students, she said: “The police commonly call Freshers’ Week ‘fishing week’ because all the criminals come down. They know the students have got grants, laptops, and new stuff.

“Attacks, assaults, and muggings are quite common across the country.”

Canterbury District Commander Chief Inspector Mark Hedges confirmed that police were contacted about the robbery.

He said: “The incident was reported around 45 minutes after the robbery had taken place and during the call, it was established the offenders had left the scene.

He was terrified, emasculated, humiliated and abused

Victim’s mum

“As a result, it was arranged for officers to visit the victim the following day, when further details of the robbery were disclosed, including the theft of a mobile phone and the transfer of a significant amount of cryptocurrency from the victim’s account.

“A thorough investigation into the incident was carried out, including a review of local CCTV opportunities, analysis of Bitcoin ‘wallet’ IDs and exploration of possible forensic evidence.

“However, the case did not meet the evidential test and the three suspects were refused charge.

“Kent Police takes the safety of the county’s student population extremely seriously and encourages all young people to take all steps possible to ensure they do not become victims of crime while studying away from home.”

A spokesperson for CCCU said the safety of students is of “paramount importance”.

They added: “The reported incident was investigated and thoroughly reviewed.

“We offered the student wellbeing counselling, financial support, and relocation of accommodation.”

The young man had been chatting to a new friend about cryptocurrency before the raid

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The young man had been chatting to a new friend about cryptocurrency before the raidCredit: Getty
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