Reports Of Drink Spiking Treble In Hertfordshire

19 September 2018, 09:28 | Updated: 19 September 2018, 12:06

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There are similar figures in the Thames Valley area, where reported cases have increased from 16 in 2015 to 45 in 2017.

Cases of drinks being spiked in Hertfordshire have trebled in the last three years.
 
That's more than the national average.
 
There are similar figures in the Thames Valley area, where reported cases have increased from 16 in 2015 to 45 in 2017.
 
Elsewhere in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, drink spiking reports have decreased. 

All those reports included the words 'drink' and 'spiking' or 'lacing'.

Former Home Office toxicologist Jim Campbell says it's the tip of the iceberg.

"A lot of it isn't reported because after the event people can't remember what's happened," he said.

"And they rack their brains - they feel they haven't got enough information or evidence to go to the police.

"And I think if they go to the police they don't have any evidential material so the police wouldn't take them seriously."