University of Sydney in lockdown after stabbing

Claire Halliday
Claire Halliday

New South Wales police have taken a 14-year-old male into custody after the boy allegedly stabbed a man in his neck and back at the entrance to Sydney University on Parramatta Road at Camperdown.

The campus went into lockdown following the alleged attack this morning.

Officers arrested the 14-year-old boy a short time later near Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he is currently assisting with inquiries.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated a 22-year-old man at the scene. He has since been taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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“As a precautionary measure there may be an increased security and police presence on campus while investigations continue,” a University of Sydney spokesman said.

“The safety and well-being of our students, staff and members of the community is our priority, and we continue to work with authorities.’’

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Claire Halliday has an extensive career as a full-time writer - across book publishing, copywriting, podcasting and feature journalism - for more than 25 years. She lives in Melbourne with children, two border collies and a grumpy Burmese cat. Contact: claire.halliday[at]