Recently, you may have seen the national news coverage surrounding reported spiking by injection incidents.
This weekend, we have had one confirmed incident in Hull, with another spiking reported in Hull that is being assessed as to the circumstances. Both incidents are being treated extremely seriously and investigations are progressing.
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Thorp said: “We understand that hearing of incidents of this nature in this area can be concerning for the public and we would urge everyone to continue to remain vigilant.
“As a part of Operation Contract, also known by the hashtag #GetConsent, members of the public will continue to see police officers in both plain clothes and high visibility uniform patrolling areas which are busy nightlife hot spots. If you do have any concerns, please speak to one of our officers.
“We are also continuing to work with door staff and licensees, to build on existing working relationships and to help them spot the signs of anything potentially concerning, including spiking, early on.
“These signs include anyone acting or behaving suspiciously with another person who looks too intoxicated or has been separated from friends, or anyone trying to get someone out on their own, in a dark corner or secluded spot – or anyone leading someone into a taxi or unmarked car.
“If you are worried about the behaviour of someone else, most bars and pubs in the UK also operate the ‘Ask Angela’ scheme, whereby you can approach a member of staff and ask for ‘Angela’. They will then take you to a place of safety and will help you get out of the situation.
“We take all reports seriously and we would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking, in any form, to contact us as soon as possible. This can be done on 999 if in the moment or 101 after the fact. Please also don’t be afraid to seek the help of medical professionals or ‘Street Angels’.”
Tips on spiking can be found on the Talk to Frank website here: www.talktofrank.com/news/spiking