Be a good drinking buddy this weekend
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Drinking buddies are important to any night out on the town but their most important role is to look out for their friends.
And ahead of this weekend, we are urging people who will be out enjoying pubs and clubs across Essex to be a good “buddy” and make sure everyone in your group stays safe.
We are now investigating five incidents of suspected drink spiking, focused on Colchester and Brentwood.
We are investigating after four people were taken unwell in Colchester overnight between Thursday 2 September and Friday 3 September.
Thankfully, all have made a full recovery.
We are also investigating a report of a suspected drink spiking in the Slug and Lettuce, in Brentwood High Street on August 7.
A man is helping officers with their enquiries.
These sorts of incidents are rare, but we will have officers out in town and city centres over this weekend patrolling and catching criminals, but also working with pubs and clubs to make sure everyone has a good time and gets home safely.
We will also be giving advice to people going to and from nightspots on how to ensure their drinks remain safe to drink.
Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan, who is the Essex Police lead on the night-time economy, said:
“Thankfully, incidents such as these are very rare in Essex but we now have five live investigations into suspected drink spiking which took place in Brentwood on August 7 and in Colchester on September 2.
“I know many people are eager to get out to pubs and clubs to see friends and family after more than a year of having coronavirus restrictions in place but I would urge them to ensure staying safe and getting home safely are their top priorities.
“There are number of things you can do to reduce the risk of having your drink spiked such as never taking a drink that you haven’t seen being prepared in front of you, never leaving your drink unattended, even for a moment, and if it doesn’t taste right, don’t finish it.
“If you or your friends start to feel unwell, please seek medical help immediately or if you see one of our officers, please alert them.
“Above all, please look out for one another.”
Anyone who has concerns about drink spiking can find advice here.