Police are reportedly investigating the ‘nasty and predatory’ incidents which have struck new students as they arrive at university
By Caroline Mortimer
Students at a top university have been warned not to leave their drinks unattended after a spate of “nasty and predatory” drink-spiking.
Police are reportedly investigating a string of incidents which have taken place at the University of Bristol during Freshers’ Week.
One took place at a party at Wills Hall, the university’s halls of residence, and another two separate cases were subsequently reported.
Substances used for spiking can cause nausea and disorientation, exacerbate the effects of alcohol and even cause the victim to pass out.Victims are more like to be subjected to theft or sexual violence.
None of those who reported having their drinks spiked are believed to be in a serious condition. Simon Bray, director of residential and hospitality services at the University of Bristol, told The Daily Telegraph: “It goes without saying that this type of behaviour is not acceptable. We are extremely disappointed that it’s been reported in one of our halls of residence. We’re offering support to those affected and would urge anyone with concerns or information to speak to their warden or a senior resident. The university’s police officer is now involved and will be looking into what has happened.”
He said the university “took a zero-tolerance approach to criminal behaviour” and anyone found guilty of spiking drinks would be subject to disciplinary action.