Safety reminder for drink spiking in Wiltshire
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With the country now out of lockdown and more people returning to enjoy a night out in towns, cities and villages across Wiltshire we are asking people to remain vigilant to drink spiking.
Spiking is when someone adds drugs or alcohol to another person’s drink without them knowing and it is illegal.
We are currently investigating a potential drink spiking incident that occurred in Swindon during the early hours of Sunday (05/09) morning.
While no specific venue has been identified for where this incident occurred, the victim was said to be drinking in the Old Town area of Swindon on Saturday night before becoming unwell and being taken to hospital. They have since returned home.
It is important that if you believe you have been the victim of having your drink spiked, that you report it so we can investigate, spot any patterns of behaviour and act on it to prevent it.
While we will continue to work with partner agencies and licensed premises on tackling this offence and keeping people safe when out socialising, we would continue to urge people to take the following steps to help prevent you or your friends from becoming a victim:
• Never leave your drink unattended
• Don't accept a drink from someone you don't know
• Keep an eye on your friends' drinks
• Stay away from situations that you don't feel comfortable with
• If someone appears very intoxicated, do not leave them unattended or with a stranger, make sure they are safe
• Don't give out too much information to someone you've just met, such as your address
Cllr Simon Jacobs, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection, said: “No one should feel unsafe while enjoying a night out. We hope by raising awareness of this type of illegal activity it will ensure people know the signs and behaviours to look out for.
“We will continue to work in partnership with the police and other services to identify any other community concerns and ensure we share these types if important messages far and wide.”
CCTV enquiries are ongoing in connection with Saturday’s incident and anyone with information or noticed any suspicious activity is asked to contact us by calling 101 and quoting 54210086361.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.