People are being reminded to stay vigilant after an increased number of 'spiking' allegations have been made this weekend.

Police in Lancashire, and up and down the country, have received several reports of people being spiked through drinks or by injection.

While the number of incidents reported to police is relatively low, officers recognise the seriousness of these allegations and are issuing renewed guidance and advice to people.

Temp Asst Chief Constable Procter said: “If you are out this week or this weekend, please enjoy yourselves but be vigilant, stick with your friends and look after each other.

“If you are out and feel unwell, or have any concerns, speak to bar and door staff immediately or call police for assistance.”

Officers in Lancashire are visiting licensed premises, conducting walk arounds, checking CCTV is working, speaking to staff and management, as well as engaging with young people, offering reassurance and advice.

Police are also working with partners including local councils, Public Health, licensing and universities as part of our policing approach.

Chief Constable Procter added: “These reports are clearly very concerning and it is understandable people are worried and anxious.

“We take offences of this nature very seriously and all reports will be investigated thoroughly by our officers.

“We would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking, in any form, to contact us. Any reports of spiking will be investigated and taken seriously. You should try and report it to police as quickly as possible to help officers carry out tests and gather the best evidence.

“While we have had no reports of further crimes being reported because of spiking incidents, it is vital to reiterate if you think you have been a victim of spiking, contact police immediately. This allows appropriate tests and enquiries to be conducted.

“Where appropriate, you should also seek medical attention.”

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