Police in Southampton unveiled their latest weapon in the battle to combat drink spiking - a cartoon hedgehog called Spike. Hundreds of posters featuring the character, which was thought up by Essex Police officers, will be distributed to pubs and clubs across Southampton in a bid to stamp out the problem. Inspector Jon Snook, who leads Southampton police's licensing team, said: "When you take into consideration that on a typical weekend 70-80,000 people visit pubs and clubs in Southampton and we average one or two allegations of drink-spiking per month, it is still a relatively rare crime - but one incident is too many. "The Spike posters will help raise awareness and licensees are working with us to help prevent this despicable crime by clearing away unattended drinks."