Drink spiking could land you in jail for 10 years, police warn ahead of Christmas party season
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Police are warning would be drink spikers that they face up to 10 years in prison.
The warning comes as the Christmas party season gets going.
Police are also asking people to report any concerns around drink spiking, be aware of the signs and know what to do if they think someone has been spiked.
Chief Inspector Karl Faulkner, safer neighbourhood lead for Warwickshire Police said: “A ten year prison sentence is just for the offence of spiking, if you go on to commit another offence such as robbery or sexual assault then you will face longer in prison.
“Offenders can also not be sure of how their victim will react to having their drink spiked; it can have serious consequences for someone’s health and it can kill.
“We have been working hard raising awareness of the issue amongst bar staff and the public. The more people are on the lookout for offenders, are aware of the signs of drink spiking and know what to do if they think someone has been spiked, the harder it is for criminals to operate.”
If you have concerns about someone spiking drinks then tell a member of bar staff immediately.
The effects of drink spiking vary depending on what you’ve been spiked with. Your symptoms could include:
Loss of balance
How to help a friend who you think has been spiked:
Tell a bar manager, bouncer or member of staff
Stay with them and keep talking to them
Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates
Don’t let them go home on their own
Don’t let them leave with someone you don’t know or trust
Don’t let them drink more alcohol - this could lead to more serious problems