Parliament to debate petition for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests upon entry

A petition that received over 170,000 signatures that asks for clubs to thoroughly search their guests upon entry will be debated in Parliament.

The debate is scheduled to take place next Monday, November, 8 and can be watched online on the UK Parliament YouTube channel.

The “Make it a legal requirement for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests on entry” petition was created by former Edinburgh Napier University student Hannah Thomson, following a rise in the number of spiking reports across the country.

Hannah said: “I would like the UK Government to make it law that nightclubs must search guests on arrival to prevent harmful weapons and other items entering the establishment.

“This could be a pat-down search or metal detector, but must involve measures being put in place to ensure the safety of the public.”

The petition aims to prevent revellers from bringing harmful weapons and other items, such as date rape drugs, into nightclubs.

Figures released by Nottinghamshire Police to the BBC said that there had been 32 reports of people having their drinks contaminated in recent weeks.

15 reports of spiking involving needles were also received.

To read more about what drink spiking is and what symptoms you may get from it, visit our drink spiking guide.

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