People who are going out this weekend to enjoy the bars and clubs across Suffolk are being reminded to be vigilant following a number of reports relating to drink/needle spiking.
Police are continuing to investigate these incidents and enquiries are ongoing. Engagement with licenced premise holders also continues, and this includes ensuring such bars, clubs and pubs are taking appropriate security measures and checks.
Since 28 October to 3 November in Suffolk there have been 8 such incidents in the night-time economy of pubs, bars and clubs including one incident in Flex nightclub in Bury St Edmunds.
Five of these reports relate to incidents where drinks are believed to have been spiked whilst three other reports relate to incidents where it is believed a needle or an injection has been used.
If you think someone has been spiked, then you should let bar staff or a door supervisor know. Police would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking to phone police and ensure an ambulance is called so they can receive the appropriate medical attention if necessary.
Any reports of spiking will be investigated and taken seriously. You should try and report it to police as quickly as possible to help officers carry out tests and gather the best evidence.
Chief Supt Marina Ericson said: “It’s important to recognise that these type of incidents that have emerged in recent weeks are part of a national picture on the issue, and not just solely confined to Suffolk.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy a night out without fear of being spiked. We do need any incidents reported as early as possible so the necessary initial forensic enquires can be carried out.
“We will be conducting police patrols this weekend in the night-time economy in busy, high footfall areas to ensure people feel reassured. We are also asking licenced premises to check that their CCTV in their premises is working to a high standard and also encouraging premises to increase searches at entry points to the venues. We are also working with other partners such as the town pastors to ensure they are aware and know what to do if they encounter such an incident.”
If you believe you, or someone you know, has been spiked, then please contact Suffolk Police on 999.
For information about measures you can take to avoid spiked drinks, visit www.talktofrank.com and www.drinkaware.co.uk.