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Police urge people to be vigilant amid concerns over spiking incidents

People heading out to pubs and clubs across Norfolk are being urged to be vigilant amid concerns over spiking by injection.

Officers can confirm they received six reports of incidents over the weekend where members of the public believe they were either spiked or injected.

There were five incidents at three separate venues in the Prince Of Wales Road area of Norwich, and one incident at a premises in the King Street area of Great Yarmouth.

Detectives are currently investigating these incidents and enquiries are ongoing.

Meanwhile, officers are working with venues across the county, along with Late Night Norwich in the city, to ensure the night-time economy is a safe space for people to enjoy.

Chief Inspector Ed Brown, from Community Safety at Norfolk Police, said: “There has been an increase in people’s awareness of this type of incident in the past couple of weeks, and as a result we have seen an increase in reporting of spike related incidents. We are taking these reports extremely seriously and enquiries are ongoing.

“We understand this will cause concern and we are working with venues, as well as security staff, across the county to help keep people safe.

“We are expecting the night-time economy to be busier than usual this weekend with people celebrating Halloween and we will have officers patrolling key night-time areas to facilitate a safe place for people to go and enjoy themselves.

“However, it is important people are vigilant and look out for each other. If you think someone has been spiked, then you should let bar staff or a door supervisor know. Stay with the person you suspect has been spiked and seek medical help if their condition worsens.”

Further advice and help is available at www.drinkaware.co.uk.