The taxi driver told the panel: “Spiking drinks has been going on for years.” He recalled one experience when he picked up a married mother of two who had been spiked and was not sure where she was at 5:30 in the morning.
The taxi driver proposed stricter punishments be implemented in order to stop the rising cases of drink spiking.
He said: “I think the only way to stop it is to maybe introduce the equivalent of if someone’s got a knife – if someone’s using that, they should be looking at a prison sentence for a year, 18 months.
“That would nip it in the bud and that would send a signal to these guys.
“We are too soft.”
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A Government source said the recent police reports were “absolutely awful”.
“We have asked for an update from the police on this and would encourage anyone to report this behaviour to the police,” the source said.
More than 50 universities around Britain have gathered and joined an online campaign to boycott nightclubs one day next week to raise awareness of women’s safety.
A spokesperson for Universities UK said: “The safety of students is of the utmost importance and universities are working together with local police forces, clubs and bars, and student unions to ensure they are fully aware of all risks to student safety.
“Universities will not tolerate any form of sexual assault or harassment and are dedicated to ensuring that students have the safe and enjoyable university experience they deserve.”