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Drink spiking danger warning

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By Christie Breen
Drink spiking danger warning

AN ANTI-SPIKING charity met with Moffat Academy pupils this week to raise awareness.

Spike Aware UK founders Colin and Mandy Mackie delivered a talk to senior pupils on Monday to inform them about the dangers of spiking and how to protect themselves against it.

The couple founded the charity after the tragic loss of their 18-year-old son Greg in 2017, as a result of a spiking incident whilst he was studying at college in Edinburgh. Since his death they have made a commitment to raise awareness of spiking, so that others could learn from this tragedy.

The talk was backed by Moffat and District Community Council who awarded £500 of funding to the charity to provide pupils with anti-spiking kits.

The kits contain different sizes of lids which can be used to cover or insert into the tops of glass bottles, cans and cups to prevent harmful substances from being added to a drink.

Moffat Academy headteacher Tara Woods said: “Moffat Academy would like to say a huge thank you to Colin and Mandy for taking the time to come and share such a deeply personal story in order to promote awareness of this worrying issue to our senior pupils.

“Thank you also to our fantastic local police representation, PC Irons and PC Glendinning, for coming along to support the talk. Also, recognition goes to the Moffat and District Community Council for granting the funding for vital spiking prevention information kits and devices.”

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