Nightclubs and universities will introduce bag searches on their premises following reports that clubbers are being spiked by injection.
It is feared victims are being surreptitiously injected with an unknown substance that makes them more vulnerable to unwanted sexual advances or assault.
Several police forces are conducting investigations into alleged incidents and one man in his 20s has been arrested by Nottinghamshire Police. The force said on Thursday that it was investigating 12 reports of individuals spiked by needles.
In Leeds, nightclubs Pryzm and HiFi have now said they would increase searches and hand out drinks cover in response to the concerns.
Plea for training for venue staff and bouncers
Students in Leeds have reported a spiking “epidemic” in nightclubs, with Lucy Thompson, who set up the city’s leg of campaign group Girls Night In, saying that safety improvements should start with training for staff and bouncers.
She said: “At the moment there doesn’t seem to be any coherent protocol or training for when this kind of thing happens.”
Girls Night In has sprung up in cities across the country and is calling for a boycott of venues until safety improvements have been made.
The University of St Andrews also said it planned to introduce bag searches to try to secure students’ safety.
Anna-Ruth Cockerham, director of wellbeing at the university’s Students’ Association, said the institution has a “zero-tolerance approach to drink spiking”.
She added that anyone found to be spiking people will be barred from their premises for life and be referred to the university, as well as the police.
Focus on ‘stopping perpetrators of these crimes’
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has asked police chiefs to urgently investigate the scale of the spiking problem.
A national petition calling for compulsory searches at nightclubs has been signed by more than 150,000 people.
Yvette Cooper, Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, called for a focus on “identifying and stopping these perpetrators of these crimes”. She said venues should work more closely with police.
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