Officers from Dover District Council’s Community Safety and Licensing Teams, supported by Kent Police have been working together to continue to help people enjoy safe nights out in the district. 

This has included teams visiting local venues to provide ‘Stop Topps’ anti-spiking lids and ‘Spikeys’ bottle inserts to prevent drink spiking. 

It’s part of ongoing proactive partnership work, with a variety of initiatives to promote our thriving night-time economy and keep the district a great place to live, work and visit. 

This is alongside the work of the Pubwatch scheme, a local initiative hosted by the Dover Partnership Against Crime (DPAC) to help promote a safe night-time economy and to continue to help pub and bar goers enjoy their nights out safely in the district. 

Cllr Oliver Richardson, DDC Cabinet Member for Community said: “As hospitality gets back to business, we want everyone to feel safe to enjoy their nights out in the district.  As well as raising awareness of the dangers of drink spiking, we’re providing practical advice to local pubs and venues, and lids and inserts that can prevent such unacceptable tampering with drinks.” 

Inspector Paul Barrell of Dover Community Safety Unit said: “We work closely with night-time venues to tackle those who may seek to exploit others and to ensure any signs of drink spiking are recognised as soon as possible. We ask people to remain vigilant when socialising and to report any suspicious activity to security staff in the first instance to ensure immediate action can be taken.”

Inspector Paul Barrell

By Ed

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