UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and Hospitality Ulster have produced a suite of resources aimed at helping operators combat drink spiking.
In a joint statement, the group said: "Drink spiking is a despicable crime and cannot be tolerated. Everyone has a right to feel safe during a night out, which is why as a sector we work hard to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment."
A bar in Tunbridge Wells has been closed this week after seven people reported suspicions they may have been spiked – including two who suggested a substance could have been administered using a needle.
Some venues offer anti-spiking bottle stoppers and protective drink covers, while some local authorities and police forces are providing drug testing kits.
If an incident does occur, operators have been advised to take three steps:
- Always act on a report, activating the venue's safeguarding procedures and act to identify suspects.
- Ensure the health and safety of the affected customer – call the emergency services, ensure they are with trusted friends who will look after them, offer assistance and provide them with a safe space.
- Log and record the incident for the emergency services and to take further internal action.
Operators are also being encouraged to train staff to identify issues before they arise as well as preventative measures, such as anti-spiking bottle stoppers.
The resources for operators, available here, include posters, training for staff, advice and guidance as well as a film, provided by sources including the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA), CPL Learning, Safer Sounds – Wave Training, National Pubwatch and the Mayor of London.
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