POLICE will be patrolling the Essex University campus to ensure Covid-19 regulations are being followed.

Staff have raised concerns about their safety after a video circulated online appearing to show university students flouting the rule of six with a large party.

University bosses say they do not believe it was filmed on campus.

But Colchester's district commander Chief Insp Rob Huddleston says his team will step in to ensure the safety of students and staff.

He said: “We’re working closely with Essex University to make sure people are staying safe and sticking to the Covid-19 regulations.

“We know and understand this is a really challenging time but it’s really important that everyone does their bit to stop the spread of the virus.

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“The university has already put measures in place to ensure students know their responsibilities and that their security staff are equipped to deal with any issues.

“They’ve also stated that any students found to be breaching the regulations will be taken through their conduct procedures.

“We’re now providing some additional support by patrolling in the area including around the campus.

“We will take robust action to tackle blatant breaches and where engaging with people, explaining the regulations, and encouraging people to do the right thing has not worked.”

Chief Insp Huddleston added: “We’re aware of a video which has been circulated on social media and in news reports of a group of people which purports to have been filmed at the university.

“However, the university does not believe this took place at their Colchester campus.”