Pub to hold girls-only nights and ban men to protect women from being spiked

A pub will hold a girls-only night each week to reassure bar-goers following numerous reports of women being spiked with needles.

The Playwright pub near the campus of Nottingham Trent University, East Midlands will set aside Wednesday nights from November 3 for the special event, the Nottingham Post reported.

Men will not be allowed inside and all the staff on shift will be women, manager Josh Wheelhouse said.

That means the kitchen, which is run by a male chef, will be closed.

Mr Wheelhouse told the Post he was hesitant at first because he didn't want to be seen as an opportunist, but feels it's the right thing to do.

He explained: "I was a bit hesitant to do this – because I did not want to be perceived by others as the guy who is trying to make money out of this terrifying thing that happens to women.

"I felt like I needed to do something.

"I do not think it is fair for women to stay home – we should be the ones to do that.

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"So we are making moves and I am in discussions with other pubs who are considering to implement this."

Josh added he was motivated by his girlfriend, a university welfare worker who said "many spikings do not even get reported".

He said: "It is very scary and terrifying."

Assistant manager Georgia Stewart, 25, said other pubs' tactic of giving staff the day off is totally the wrong move.

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She said: "We are the only pub that are doing this, while others give their staff the day off.

"I just think that it is completely missing the point."

The university's Feminist Society is working with the Playwright to ensure the event is safe and well-attended.

A spokesperson said: "This is one massive step in working towards stopping spikings and having women feel safe."

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