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Alert message sent 06/11/2021 08:25:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Good Morning,

The weekend is almost here and we know that people are worried about spiking. To spike a drink means to put alcohol or drugs into someone's drink without their knowledge or permission. Spiking has also come to mean injecting someone with drugs without their knowledge or permission.
The aim may be to incapacitate someone enough to rob or sexually assault them, although sometimes it is just intended as a joke – a bad joke as it is very dangerous.

Over the past few weeks there’s been lots of talk about spiking by injection. Between 18 to 26 October, we’ve investigated 10 reports from people about incidents involving some form of injection while on nights out in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry.
In all cases the person has either felt a sharp pain, or found a bruise or pin prick mark on their body later on.
Thankfully, none of these reports have resulted in subsequent crimes against the victim, such as robbery or sexual assaults.
Investigations are underway into these 10 reports with our focus on making arrests.

As usual we’ll have lots of officers on patrol looking for suspicious behaviour and we’re working with bars to create safer spaces for fun nights out. If you’re going out we need you to be part of our shared plans.

You can play your part by:
• Being patient while security staff search people and check ID.
• Looking out for each other and reporting suspicious behaviour to bar staff, police officers or city centre wardens.
• Not leaving drinks unattended.
• Setting the expectation that you’ll all stick together and let each other know where you are and who you’re with.
• Keeping hydrated with water and soft drinks so you can save money, stay alert and party for longer.
• Getting home by using black cabs or pre-booked private hires (including Uber) where you know you’re insured and drivers are trained and vetted.
Spiking is against the law. It’s a serious crime with serious consequences. People are more aware of spiking than ever before so perpetrators are more likely to be found out.
People who have spiked someone to enable sexual activity, could face 10 years in jail, and being placed on the sex offenders register.
Criminal convictions change lives. People can lose their job, their home, future careers will be affected when they know about past crimes and people may also face restrictions on travel with countries like the USA not giving visas to people with convictions for serious crimes.

If you think you’ve been spiked:
• If you start to feel strange, sick or drunk when you know that you couldn’t be drunk, seek help from a trusted friend or staff member.
• If you think you have been spiked, get a close friend to get you out of the place as soon as possible and take you home or to hospital (if seriously unwell). Or ring a friend, relative or partner and ask them to come and pick you up.
• If you feel unsafe, vulnerable or threatened you can ask for help from staff and ask them for Angela. This code-word indicates that you need help and a trained member of staff will then help you.
• Make sure you can trust the person you ask for help. Don’t go anywhere with a stranger or acquaintance.
• Once you are safely home ask someone to stay with you until the effects of the drug have worn off, which could be several hours.
• Don’t hesitate to call for medical help if you need it. And tell us what happened as soon as possible either by calling 999 if it’s happening now or messaging us via Live Chat on our website www.west-midlands.police.uk the next day or when you’re safe.

If you’ve been affected by this update, the charity Victim Support can help. Call 24/7 on 08081689111.

Please DO NOT use WMNow to make a report to the Police. Use the correct means available. Live Chat, 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Blakenall Neighbourhood Team

Message sent by
Andy Devers (Police,Pcso,Walsall Blakenall)

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