Warning to be vigilant following reports of drink spiking incidents in Nantwich Date published: 7th October 2015 11.50am

Police are investigating a series of alleged incidents that appear to be linked to drink spiking in the Nantwich area.

A number of incidents have been reported to Cheshire police, and officers are currently investigating the circumstances.

Patrols have been stepped up on peak evenings to offer reassurance and a visible presence to ensure revellers can enjoy their evening safely. Officers are also engaging with Leighton Hospital, North West Ambulance Service, local taxi drivers and staff at licenced premises to raise awareness and encourage reports of vulnerable people to be made to the police.

Crewe Local Policing Unit Chief Inspector Gareth Lee said: “We have taken a number of calls in the last week reporting incidents that are thought to be linked to possible drink spiking. We are taking these reports seriously and, working closely with local licensees, we’re conducting a thorough investigation into each.

“At this point we are trying to establish the full circumstances, but I would remind everyone that Nantwich still remains a safe and enjoyable night out for the vast majority of people.

“Thankfully, incidents of this nature are generally rare but they can and do happen so I would urge anyone who is planning an evening in the town to be vigilant and stay safe.”

Tips to help avoid falling victim to this type of crime include:
• Keep a close eye on your drink at all times, and never leave it unattended
• Do not accept drinks from strangers – ensure you know exactly what your drink is and where it came from
• If drinking from a bottle, keep your thumb over the top
• Stay among your friends and look out for each other

If you suspect that you or a friend has been targeted, or you have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in this way, please contact Cheshire police on 101. If you someone you know is experiencing the effects of a spiked drink, call 999 immediately.