The Avon and Somerset constabulary are working closely with Bristol’s night time economy to tackle drink spiking in venues
The Avon and Somerset constabulary are working closely with Bristol’s night time economy to tackle drink spiking in venues. We want to ensure that everyone knows how to correctly support a victim of drink spiking and the way to report it. We also want to be clear that we will not tolerate drink spiking. Individuals who are going out intending to behave in this way will be found and will be stopped.
What is drink spiking?
Drink spiking refers to the act of adding drugs to people’s drinks to try and control their behaviours. A person’s drink can be spiked to increase vulnerability for a variety of reasons, including sexual assault, robbery or an attempted joke.
Drink spiking can include slipping drugs into an alcoholic drink, as well as putting alcohol into a non-alcoholic drink and/or adding extra alcohol to an already alcoholic drink. Drink spiking is illegal and carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison. If a robbery, sexual assault or other criminal behaviour has taken place, the sentence will be even longer.
What are the signs of drink spiking?
If you think your drink, or someone you are out with has had their drink spiked, there are a range of things to look out for including:
What should you do if you think your drink has been spiked?
What should you do if someone you are with thinks their drink has been spiked?
If you’re thinking of spiking someone’s drink, you should know -
Drink spiking is illegal and carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison. If a robbery, sexual assault or other criminal behaviour has taken place, the sentence will be even longer.
A criminal offence may also affect a person’s ability to obtain a visa, travel abroad or apply for a particular job.
Police officers are out and about and are on the lookout for individuals who may be intending to spike someone’s drink and/or cause them harm. They will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.
The Avon and Somerset constabulary are working with pubs, clubs and ‘night-time’ economy venues to tighten our grip on this type of behaviour. Staff are looking out for the signs and will immediately contact us if they suspect someone is spiking drinks. They will act swiftly and use CCTV, a network of trained officers and innovative techniques to collect evidence and track down offenders.
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