185 incidents were recorded in Plymouth between 2015 and 2018
Drink spiking is on the rise in Devon, with Plymouth recording the highest number of incidents in the county. 185 of them were reported here between 2015 and 2018. Exeter had 102 reported incidents for the same period, and Torquay had 60.
Licensing Sgt Dave Moore of Devon and Cornwall Police said the figures for drink spiking incidents across the two counties reflected "what appears to be a trend nationally where these types of incidents are on the increase".
Now a campaign called StopTopps, based in Exeter, is aiming to raise awareness of the issue and help people protect themselves. The campaign is led by Dawn Dines, who makes and distributes protective drinks lids that help prevent drink spiking.
Dawn has teamed up with Clara George, who has been crowned Miss Devon for the second year running.
Clara has been a victim of drink spiking herself, and is an Exeter University graduate, PR professional and social media influencer. She says:
"I think StopTopps is a fantastic idea and I am delighted to be able to help spread the word and get the lids out to people across the region.
"I will particularly be working with young, vulnerable people, helping educate them about keeping themselves safe when drinking."
You can find more information about the campaign at www.stoptopps.com.