Police back Girls Against Spiking
Police have given their backing to a campaign to raise awareness about the spiking of drinks and encourage more people to report it.
Girls Against Spiking was set up in September 2018 with the aim of giving information and advice about keeping safe.
The group is campaigning to encourage bars and nightclubs to provide cups with lids to prevent drinks being spiked on a night out.
The Strathclyde University union in Glasgow was the first establishment to offer lids for all drinks served at its bars on a trial basis.
Student Cara Teven, founder of Girls Against Spiking, said: “Drink spiking can happen to everyone regardless of gender, age or sexuality and for that reason it is an issue everyone should be concerned about.”
Police Scotland has now given its backing to the campaign.
Assistant Chief Constable Gillian Macdonald said: “We are supporting Girls Against Spiking to help raise awareness of drink spiking and encourage people to report these incidents.
“Drinks can be spiked using drugs or alcohol and there is not always a sexual purpose behind it.
“We are aware of incidents where people spike a friend’s drink on a night out because they think it’s funny.”