Drink Spiking to be made a criminal offence

21 Feb

Individuals who spike someone’s drink could face criminal charges, in a move made by Home Secretary Priti Patel who has vowed to crack down on the practice. The Homes Secretary has been reported to be ready to introduce legislation to target anyone who administers a substance to someone without their consent, to cause harm.

Currently, an amendment has been tabled in respect of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would commit the House of Lords to a review of spiking under the Sexual Offences Act. However, Mrs Patel has requested the review go further, calling for a review of all types of drink-spiking, including its use by thieves.

Mrs Patel said: “Our response to such appalling acts must be as robust as possible to ensure that everyone is protected, regardless of a perpetrator’s motivation. That’s why we are proposing a more wide-ranging review and, if there is a clear case for making spiking a standalone offence, then I will not hesitate to bring in new laws.”

No doubt this move by the Government will be welcomed by operators, as this is an issue which can occur beyond the operators control, as it will see authorities with greater power implementing legislation which could act as a greater deterrent.  

Law correct at the date of publication.
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