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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 June 2006, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Anti-drink spiking drive extended
Safeflo anti-spike device
Once attached to a bottle the device is almost impossible to remove
A scheme which prevents people from having their drinks spiked is being extended into North Ayrshire.

From Friday, drinkers at the Metro nightclub in Saltcoats will be able to use the Safeflo device which fits onto the top of a bottle.

The gadget, which is virtually impossible to remove, will later be handed out throughout North Ayrshire.

The scheme is being introduced in the area following a successful pilot in Maryhill, Glasgow, before Christmas.

Strathclyde Police have provided the Metro club with 2,500 of the bottle tops, which will be handed out to customers over the next two weekends.

A further 20,000 will be distributed from pubs and clubs throughout North Ayrshire later in the year.

We all want to enjoy ourselves on a night out and the last thing that anyone wants is to fall victim to spiking
Ch Insp Bob Pollock
Strathclyde Police

Pc Stephen Carr from Saltcoats police station said the Metro had been chosen for the Ayrshire launch as it attracted clubbers from Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenston.

Ch Insp Bob Pollock said: "The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness and educate revellers of the dangers associated with drink spiking.

"We all want to enjoy ourselves on a night out and the last thing that anyone wants is to fall victim to spiking.

"You never know who could be watching your drink and if this campaign can help to spread that message and prevent one person becoming a victim, then it will be a success."

'Frightening reality'

Stewart McCulloch, chairman of Crimestoppers Scotland, said: "Drink spiking is a frightening reality in today's society.

"Any initiative that can act as a preventative measure is welcomed, and fully backed by Crimestoppers Scotland."

Pc Carr added: "We would urge people not to accept a drink from anyone that they don't fully trust.

"However, if you do, make sure you see it being poured or opened in front of you.

"It is also vitally important to never leave a drink unattended, and under no circumstances pick up a discarded drink."

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