A woman is said to have had her drink spiked whilst enjoying a night out at a city centre bar at the weekend.
This comes as the city’s MSP spoke out about being contacted by “a number of concerned constituents” regarding reports of drink spiking.
Posting on social media, a woman said her friend had been spiked at the Tingle bar in King Street on Saturday night.
The woman posted: “My friend has just been spiked in Tingle (Stirling) went to speak to police about it who wanted absolutely nothing to do with it and told us to put her in a taxi home – love to see that woman have to fend for themselves.”
In response, Tingle took to Instagram to say that they “are aware of recent media reports of spiking incidents in bars and clubs around Scotland”.
They added: “Guest safety will always be paramount to us and we would like to reassure everyone that our front and back of house areas are fully covered with CCTV and we employ toilet attendants to oversee the parts we cannot monitor. We also operate each night with double the recommended SIA accredited stewards and a random search policy to ensure everyone’s safety.”
They added: “In a situation like this we would always encourage you to contact the relevant authorities if you have any concerns. Contrary to recent social media discussions, we have not received any official complaints of this nature.
“We stand ready and willing to help in any way we can.”
The incident has been reported to Police Scotland. A spokesperson said: “We have received a report of a drink possibly being spiked at a premises in Stirling on Saturday, October 16.
“Enquiries are at an early stage and ongoing.
“We would encourage anyone with any concerns around this, or anyone who believes they may have been a victim of drink spiking, to report it to police. All reports will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.”
Stirling SNP MSP Evelyn Tweed says that she received numerous concerns from worried constituents over the weekend.
Ms Tweed described the reports as “worrying” and has raised the matter by writing to Forth Valley police divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Alan Gibson.
In her letter, she said: ‘I am writing to you to seek swift assistance following a number of reports of drink spiking at a venue in Stirling city centre from concerned constituents on social media.
‘Unfortunately, these accounts have also raised concerns that Police Scotland have not acted on reports of drink spiking and I wish to clarify this. In particular, can you advise if reports of drink spiking in Stirling have been raised with Police Scotland and if so, what action is being taken to address this matter.
‘It appears from initial reports on Social media that this may not be a localised issue within my constituency but an issue across Scotland. As such, can you advise on any measures Police Scotland can take to raise awareness of this issue? I would also ask what guidance is provided for venues, their customers and the general public on what action should be taken if a suspected drink spiking takes place.
‘As you will be aware, Stirling has a lively night-time economy on most nights of the week, not just at weekends, and I am keen to ensure that people, particularly young women, are able to enjoy this without fear and in the full knowledge that Police Scotland will support them in the even of an incident unfortunately occurring.’