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Device targets drink-spiking
The Spika Stoppa
There are high hopes for the device
A new device which helps prevent drinks being spiked with drugs is being launched in south Wales.

The Spika Stoppa has been created by a Pontypridd company and will go on use in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

The council has bought 10,000 of the devices to use at pubs and clubs in the area.

Officials hope they can cut down on the number of incidents involving drink-spiking following an increase in reported cases.

The Spika Stoppa was developed by Rob Bresenton and Gary Daniels of GR Tool and Jigwork, after a friend of Mr Bresenton's daughter was the victim of a drink-spiking incident.

The device fits into the neck of a bottle and allows a straw to be inserted for drinking while making it difficult for drugs to be placed in the drink.

Mr Bresenton said: "As a father I was naturally concerned when I heard that a friend of my daughter had her drink spiked.

"So I decided to come up with a device that would make it very difficult for people to slip drugs into unguarded bottles.

"I'm hoping that the 'Spika Stoppa' will catch on in a big way, and I'm delighted that Rhondda Cynon Taf has decided to use this deterrent in their pubs and clubs."

The inventor is now seeking to patent the design.

Sedative

Before Christmas, all four Welsh police forces ran a joint campaign to highlight the risks from drink-spiking.

In the Gwent Police area alone, seven spiking incidents were reported in less than three weeks.

Sedative drugs such as GHB and Rohypnol, which are odourless, colourless and tasteless, can be added to drinks to incapacitate victims, who may then have little memory of what has happened to them.

In February, a group of women risked prosecution by taking Rohypnol to show the effects it can have after a friend believed she had been drugged and raped.




SEE ALSO:
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