New safety measures for gig-goers at a Northampton music and arts venue include anti-drink spiking devices

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A music and arts venue in Northampton is introducing new safety measures for punters to help make gigs as safe as possible.

The Lab, in Charles Street, Northampton, has said it plans to introduce security staff on the door, stop food and drink being brought into the venue, issue wristbands to help identify the age of attendees and provide ‘anti drink-spiking’ devices at its bar.

The venue took to its Instagram page on Tuesday last week to address allegations of a “suspected spiking incident,” and on Thursday, explained it had undertaken an internal investigation.

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Operations Manager at The Lab, Kirsty Grace, said: “Following rumours of a possible spiking on Sunday 19th May, The Lab has undertaken an investigation.

The Lab, in Charles Street, Northampton, has said it plans to introduce security staff on the door, stop food and drink being brought into the venue, issue wristbands to help identify the age of attendees and provide ‘anti drink-spiking’ devices at its bar.The Lab, in Charles Street, Northampton, has said it plans to introduce security staff on the door, stop food and drink being brought into the venue, issue wristbands to help identify the age of attendees and provide ‘anti drink-spiking’ devices at its bar.
The Lab, in Charles Street, Northampton, has said it plans to introduce security staff on the door, stop food and drink being brought into the venue, issue wristbands to help identify the age of attendees and provide ‘anti drink-spiking’ devices at its bar.

“The person who was alleged to have been spiked became unwell after leaving The Lab and it was suggested by paramedics that they may have been spiked.

“It was recommended that they went to A&E to undertake a test, but this did not happen.

“The person had not consumed any drinks from The Lab and does not believe they were spiked in The Lab.”

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Miss Grace added the venue also received reports of suspicious behaviour outside The Lab, an incident which they intend to report to police.

She added: “We are passionate about supporting opportunities to play at and attend gigs for young people and are committed to making this a safe and welcoming experience.

“In the coming weeks we are looking to meet with members of younger bands to discuss working together in the music scene to support them in the best way possible as musicians, as well as keeping gigs safe.”

The Charles Street venue is one of Northampton’s main music and arts venues for up-and-coming acts from both the town as well as touring musicians from across the country.

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Aside from music, it also regularly hosts other creative arts events.

The venue, which has CCTV in operation at all times inside and outside, has also urged anyone who witnesses or feels unsafe while there to speak to a member of staff as soon as possible.

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