Thursday, 12 March 2009

STAY SAFE * USE A SPIKEY!

Thanet district Council press release

A new campaign has been taken out to pubs and clubs across Thanet to raise awareness about substance misuse and how people can protect their drinks.

The latest initiative follows on from the new anti-drugs posters, carrying the slogan “draw the line on drug misuse”.

Council officers visited a series of pubs and clubs across Thanet on Friday (6 March), including Cramptons, the Dolphin in Broadstairs, the Queens Head, the Sovereign and the Royal in Ramsgate, to hand out “spikey” bottle stoppers. Spikeys are now available, free of charge, at most venues across Thanet – just ask at the bar.

Spikeys are an anti-drink spiking device, which are placed at the top of bottles to prevent drinks getting spiked. Once the spikey is in place, a straw can then be put in.

T-shirts featuring the slogan - 'Who is watching your drink - Stay safe - use a spikey!' have also been handed out to staff, along with posters.

Community Safety Officer Jess Bailey said: “We want this campaign to make people think twice about leaving their drinks unattended. Although the spikeys are a great way of keeping your drink safe, it’s no substitute for keeping an eye on it. You should never leave a drink unattended, as anything could happen to it. We had some great feedback about the campaign from both pub goers and pub managers and hopefully it will get the message across to keep a careful eye on your drink and to always use a spikey.”

Sam Palmer, barmaid at the Dolphin Inn, Broadstairs said of the campaign: ''We already take measures when it comes to drink safety, such as having extra door staff and CCTV, but this drugs campaign and spikeys will hopefully re-enforce this message to drinkers, particularly women, and ensure further safety in bars and clubs.''

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please note comments that may be libellous, comments that may be construed as offensive, anonymous derogatory comments about real people, comments baiting internet trolls, comments saying that an anonymous comment was made by a named real person, boring comments and spam comments, comments in CAPs will be deleted. Playground stuff like calling real people by their time stamp or surname alone, referring to groups as gangs, old duffers and so on will result in deletion. Comment that may be construed as offensive to minority groups is not allowed here either, so think before you write it, remember that the internet is a public place, that it is very difficult to be truly anonymous and that everyone who uses it leaves a trail of some sort. Also note the facility to leave anonymous comment will be turned of during periods when I am unable to monitor comment, this will not affect people commenting who are signed on to their blogger accounts. When things are particularly difficult on the commercial spam front I may turn comment moderation on for periods.

If you feel that someone has left a comment that is offensive and directed at you personally please email me (link on the sidebar) asking to have it removed, you will need to tell which post and the date and timestamp of the offending comment. Please do not reply to the offending comment as I will assume you continuing the dialogue as meaning that you want the comments left there.

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.