West Oxfordshire Nightsafe issue 10,000 Spikeys
Pubs and clubs in the West Oxfordshire Nightsafe scheme have been issued with new anti-drink spiking devices called 'spikey' to help protect customers. The special device, a brightly coloured plastic stopper, goes inside the neck of drinks bottles. It glows in UV light so everyone can see that the drink is protected.
The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership has issued over 10,000 Spikeys following the launch
of Nightsafe in Witney in November.
Inspector Andy Higgs, who has responsibility for Neighbourhoods and Licensing in West Oxfordshire, said " The aim of this initiative is to protect those who want to enjoy a drink without being affected by the risk
of drugs. We also want people to drink sensibly while out in West Oxfordshire; have a great time but be careful and look after your mates."
Sean Hartless, the owner of Izis Café Bar is Witney who is supporting the initiative said “ Licensees in Witney fully support Nightsafe and providing 'spikies' will make people think about their safety when they
are enjoying a night out.”
Cllr Barry Norton, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said "Our first priority is the safety of
people enjoying a night out in West Oxfordshire. Nightsafe is already raising awareness about crime and disorder and Spikeys are an excellent way for people to help protect themselves.”
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