Saturday 27 November 2021
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Extra police patrols in Nottingham city centre to keep people safe after ‘spiking’ incidents

Extra officers will be on patrol this weekend to ensure people can continue to have a safe and enjoyable night out.

People will notice a larger uniformed police presence on the city streets and outside venues.

Nottinghamshire Police has teamed up with partner agencies and licenced premises to help tackle and reassure the local community that any reports of spikings are being thoroughly investigated.

A further meeting of partner agencies has taken place today (22 October) to further discuss the joint response to recent spiking reports.

It comes after two men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to administer poison with intent to injure, annoy or aggrieve.

An 18 and 19-year-old have now been released under investigation.

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This arrest is not linked to a specific report by an individual of alleged spiking by a needle or contamination of a drink.

Superintendent Kathryn Craner, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I have been speaking all week about our plans for the weekend and I now want to reassure people that they are all in place.

“There will be more officers patrolling the streets over this weekend and future weekends including Hallowe’en to continue to keep people safe.

“Anyone who goes out in the city centre this weekend can feel safe in the knowledge that not only police but partner agencies including door staff, bar staff, taxi drivers and any other people working in the night time economy are completely vigilant and ready to take action.

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“I want to remind people that they can expect to be searched when entering venues.

“This is just an extra precaution we are taking to ensure people’s safety.

“I’d like to thank the public for coming forward and would continue to urge anyone who believes they have been spiked, feel they have been spiked, suspect anyone else has been spiked or sees any suspicious activity our message remains the same and we want to encourage everyone to come forward immediately – whether that’s reporting it by calling 101, using our online reporting system or speaking with employees at venues.

“We are continuing to thoroughly investigate any reports made to us and I would like to reiterate the message of how important it is to come forward even over a weekend and report any incidents of concern.”



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