Warning to revellers to look after their drinks after spiking incidents reported
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Northamptonshire Police is warning people that it is illegal to spike someone’s drink, and reminding revellers to be aware of what they are drinking, after three drink spiking incidents were reported over the same weekend.
This week the Force received calls from three women reporting their drinks had been spiked while out in Northampton on September 3 and 4 – two relating to NB’s in Bridge Street, from Friday 3 into Saturday 4, and one relating to Turtle Bay in Gold Street on the evening of Saturday 4.
All the victims attended hospital due to the symptoms of collapse they experienced, but have since been discharged. Officers are working to establish how they came by the affected drinks, as well as the substance or substances involved and who may have administered them.
The Force is reminding people that to spike someone’s drink is a crime, and sharing advice to always keep an eye on your drinks, to not accept or pick up drinks that you have not seen being prepared yourself, and to look out for friends, seeking help immediately if they show signs of becoming intoxicated or incapacitated very quickly.
Detective Superintendent, Emma James, Director of Intelligence, said: “Any reports of this nature are taken very seriously, as drink spiking can lead to serious harm.
“Drink spiking is illegal and the penalties are serious. Anyone caught doing this, either to friends as a supposed prank, or to strangers, can expect to be robustly dealt with.
“I’d also like to remind people to stick with friends and always look after their drinks while they are out. Don’t leave drinks unattended, don’t take them from strangers or pick up drinks at random because you have no way of knowing what’s in them.
“If you think you may have had a drink spiked, please always seek medical help and report it to the police as soon as possible. If you have concerns on a night out, always report them to venue staff, street pastors or directly to our officers.”
She added her thanks for the co-operation and proactive attitude of both venues involved in these incidents.
The Force’s Operation Kayak, which places plain clothes officers out into public spaces during the night-time economy, continues to operate town centre patrols with officers on the look out for any predatory behaviour.