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Hopes over drink spiking message
A charity which supports rape victims says it believes the message about the danger of drinks being spiked is getting through.

West Cumbria Rape Crisis says 11 people have contacted them this year to report a drink spiking assault, compared to 15 last year.

The charity fears some attacks are still going unreported.

But it said people seem to be taking notice of campaigns to raise awareness about the risks.

Sue Whitehead, from the charity, said: "I do feel that these kinds of crimes are very much under-reported crimes, whether that is reported to the police or to agencies and organisations such as ourselves.

Greater care

"But I would like to think that the reduction is because of the awareness-raising campaigns that have gone on locally and nationally."

Police say people should be vigilant with their drinks.

Sgt Richard Higgin, from Cumbria Police, said: "Basically keep an eye out and just be careful. There are various stoppers you can get. Some pubs give them out free of charge to put in the tops of bottles to stop people putting in substances."

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