We asked police about drink spiking in Cambs – frightening reality sho…

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has reported that there have been 43 reports of drink spiking between January and October this year.

Spiking is a term used to describe when someone puts alcohol or drugs in another person’s drink without their knowledge.

Recently, there has been an increase in reports of people being spiked with drugs via injection, although police statistics suggest that this is far rarer.

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A recent FOI has revealed that of these 43 reports in Cambridgeshire, 19 investigations have been filed but no one charged and 24 are current investigations.

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This method that almost half the perpetrators this year have faced no repercussions unless new evidence comes to light.

When questioned on these figures, Chief Inspector Paul Rogerson said: “We take all reports of spiking extremely seriously and encourage all victims to report any concerns they may have to police or a member of bar staff or security as soon as possible to allow us to acquire the evidence needed to conduct a thorough investigation.

“All reports made to us are investigated thoroughly and all lines of enquiry considered.

“On occasions where there is not sufficient evidence to establish exactly what has happened to the victim or to clarify a speculate, the investigation is filed unless any new information comes to light.”

This news comes after hundreds signed a appeal at Cambridge University to increase campus safety after two students were spiked via injection.

This year there has been a number of campaigns calling for men and women to boycott nightclubs including the Girls Night In campaign which took place in October.

The campaign involved a appeal to Make it a legal requirement for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests on entry and it attained 173,325 signatures and was debated in parliament.

The government’s repose to the appeal was: “The law already allows licensing authorities to impose conditions such as searches. Decisions on this should be made locally, taking account of circumstances, and there are no plans to change the law.”

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