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Thousands sign petition calling for lights to be installed at University of Reading lake where body found

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Thousands have signed a petition calling for lights to be installed around a lake at the University of Reading, after a body was found in the search for a missing student.

19-year-old Daniel Williams was last seen just after midnight on Thursday morning, leaving the student union bar on the Whiteknights campus.

On Tuesday, police discovered a body in a lake on the campus grounds.

Police on Wednesday confirmed the body is that of Daniel Williams.

I was saddened to learn that a body was found yesterday on our Whiteknights campus by police officers searching for Daniel Williams. It has now been confirmed that that person was Daniel.

“This is a very difficult time, and support is being offered to Daniel’s family, friends, fellow students and staff. Daniel and his family and friends are in our thoughts.

“I also ask that the privacy of Daniel’s family, friends and housemates is respected.”

– Professor Robert Van de Noort, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading
The petition reached 7,000 signatures in less than 24 hours Credit: Change.org

The petition reached 7,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

It urges the University of Reading to take into account the number of people who walk around it at all hours of the day and to realise that 'proper lighting around the lake walkways is a necessity'.

Second year Computer Sciences student Daniel disappeared while returning home from the 3sixty bar.

He was living in accommodation off campus, but never arrived back.

Temperatures that night were around -6°.

Our thoughts continue to remain with the family and friends of Daniel Williams as they come to terms with what has happened. Please respect their privacy at this exceptionally difficult time for them.

“I would like to thank members of the public and the media for sharing our appeal for information in relation to Daniel while he was missing.”

– Superintendent Stan Gilmour, Local Policing Area Commander for Reading