One of Manchester's biggest and most popular bar groups has announced a raft of new safety measures to try and put a stop to drink spiking.

A string of young women across the country have reported having their drinks spiked in recent weeks, with a nationwide boycott of nightclubs planned tonight.

Students in Manchester told the M.E.N. that they 'don't feel safe' in nightclubs.

Read more: Students hold protest and boycott clubs this evening over spikings

It's prompted Crazy Pedro's, which runs two late-night dive bars in the city centre, to introduce extra measures in their bars.

These will be rolled out across its sister sites in the city, including Lost Cat and Wolf at the Door in the Northern Quarter.

The pizza and tequila hangout posted on social media earlier that they would do 'everything we can to make sure our venues continue to be a safe place'.

They said that drinks testing kits will be available for all customers, that venue staff and security will be given additional training, and that posters and information will be displayed throughout the venue.

There are Crazy Pedro's bars in the Northern Quarter and on Bridge Street, as well as in Liverpool.

They wrote: "Many may be aware of the issues around the UK regarding safety of people and spiking in venues.

"We’re putting in extra measures alongside our current safety protocols to ensure everyone feels safe in a Crazy Pedro’s venue."

The post, which has been widely praised, continued: "This is an ongoing process - please work with us on this so everyone can get it right and we can all continue to have fun, safely.

"Feel free to contact any member of staff/management or email [email protected] with any issues throughout any venue and we will do everything we can to resolve and make sure our venues continue to be a safe place."

One person responded: "Comforting to know venues such as yourself are taking extra measures to keep people safe, but also sad that this has to happen in the first place because of creeps."

Another commented: "Trust Peds to take the lead on security during this time - big love"

On the Wolf at the Door account, they added: "We're aware of the boycott to raise awareness regarding the awful increase in spiking in our city and across the UK. We wanted to get ahead of it."

Someone responded to the Thomas Street bar with: "Great to see this commitment. Hope other venues do the same."

Elsewhere in Manchester, nightclubs including 42s and The Venue will close in solidarity with the drinks spiking protests.

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