Students at the University of Huddersfield have come up with a creative way of preventing drinks being spiked on a night out.

The students have designed the ‘Huddie’, a fabric drink topper that protects drinks from being tampered with.

Students from the university’s Costume Society came up with the idea following a challenge by PC Phil Hardy, the university’s dedicated Safer Students police officer, who suggested an initiative to help raise awareness of spiking.

The toppers fit over glasses and have holes already cut in for straws. They come in a variety of colours and all proceeds from sales are being donated to the local charity Women Centre.

The initiative has also won the Campaign Recognition Award from the university’s Students’ Union.

Chief Insp Graham Dyson, of Kirklees Police, said: “This is a brilliant initiative and I congratulate students from the Costume Society for their creativity in creating the new Huddie.

“The university does not have an issue with drink spiking and reports remain very low in Huddersfield generally but we are very keen to keep raising awareness amongst students to help them feel safer and put prevention measures in place.

“Huddersfield has a vibrant student night-time economy and we work closely with the university and our licensees to make sure it remains a safe place for all those who use it.”

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