Gay men warned of dangers of drink spiking
Gay men in London have been warned to stay on their guard after several instances of drink spiking.
In one incident, a man was robbed after accepting a spiked drink from men he met at London Pride last month, the Newham Recorder reports.
He was befriended by two men at a cashpoint in Soho and the trio caught a taxi to Newham. He passed out after being given a drink and woke to find he had been robbed.
A similar incident occurred on June 5th, where a 46-year-old man was approached at a cashpoint in Soho and offered a swig of whisky by three men.
The victim woke up ten hours later in an Ilford hotel to find his bank cards had been defrauded.
In both cases, the suspects were described as Eastern European men in their twenties.
Police say that such incidents are rare but warn clubbers to be careful when accepting drinks from strangers and to be vigilant about watching their own drinks.
On Thursday August 5th, a 22-year-old man from Forest Gate was remanded in custody until October 5th charged with robbery and poisoning.
Anyone with information is asked to call Camden CID on 020 8733 5935 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.