Police warn: No-one safe from drink spike

By ZOE SATHERLEY

PUB, club and party goers need to stop and think 'has my drink been spiked?' police have warned following a spate of drink spiking incidents across the Northern Rivers.

Lismore Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Michael Hogan, said both young and older men have been recent drink spiking targets, as well as women.

"It can, and is, happening to anyone," he said.

"The only way to be safe is to hold onto your drink at all times.

"You can't leave it on the counter when you go to the toilet or when you go and have a dance.

"Once you have left a drink unattended, even for a few minutes, you should not drink it. Simple as that.

"And don't accept drinks from anyone you don't know and trust."

Snr Const Hogan confirmed police were still investigating a drink spiking incident which allegedly happened at Lennox Point Hotel three weeks ago.

In that incident, reported in Saturday's Northern Star, a 30-year-old mother was beaten and sexually assaulted.

Snr Const Hogan spoke of several other recent drink spiking incidents under investigation. These include:

n A man in his 40s who woke up in another man's apartment and realised he had been raped after his drink was spiked.

n A 40-year-old mother of three who collapsed in a hotel toilet after a sip of a possibly spiked drink.

n A teenage girl who 'came to' naked along a busy road.

n A businessman who woke up in a spa bath with two strange men.

Police have targeted schools and university campuses in a bid to raise aware- ness over drink spiking.



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