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Working together to ensure the safety of our students

​Statement | 25 October 2021

We are aware of reports of drink spiking and spiking by injection across the UK.

Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales, along with Cardiff Council and South Wales Police are working together to ensure the safety of our students as they enjoy all the benefits of living and studying in our safe city.

As always, the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.

Drinks spiking and spiking by injection are not only abhorrent but illegal. It is important to recognise that crimes like this can be both life-changing and life-threatening for the victim. 

Spiking can result in a sentence of 10 years in prison for the perpetrator, which has repercussions for academic life and employability.

Universities are working with their Students' Unions and South Wales Police is working with licensed premises to alert them to spiking methods that have been reported in other areas of the UK and asking them to be extra vigilant at this time.

South Wales Police continues to provide training to staff at licensed premises to help them identify and safeguard vulnerable people.

The Community Safety Partnership, which includes the council and the police, continues to work together to keep Cardiff safe.

Examples of partnership work includes:

  • Engaging with licensed venues to ensure there are clear lines for reporting incidents.
  • A trial of testing kits and safe drink lids in licensed premises.
  • Working with A&E to identify spiking victims on admission.
  • Continued use of metal detector arches at venue entrances.

South Wales Police takes all reports seriously and we encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of spiking in any form to contact the police.

Send a private message on Facebook/Twitter.

Via email to SWP101@south-wales.police.uk.

Phone: 101