Hatfield pub reiterates 'zero tolerance drug policy' after mum's discovery

PUBLISHED: 13:20 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 27 February 2018

One of the two bags that Katie's children found in stuffed in the booth. Picture: Katie Spicer

One of the two bags that Katie's children found in stuffed in the booth. Picture: Katie Spicer

Katie Spicer

A mother of two young children from Welwyn Garden City was horrified to find evidence of possible drug use in a Hatfield pub.

A plaque outside Harpsfield HallA plaque outside Harpsfield Hall

Katie Spicer from Welwyn Garden City was having breakfast with her family at the Harpsfield Hall branch of Wetherspoons on Sunday, February 25, when one of her two young kids made a disturbing discovery.

Stuffed between the cushions in their booth were two tiny ziploc bags, of the kind often used to store drugs.

One of them was empty, while the other had traces of an unidentified white powdery substance in it.

Katie, whose children are six and three years old, said: “The kids were just fidgeting around on the cushions, as they do.

“It was very obvious what the bags were for.

“I was absolutely gobsmacked to be honest.

“I know this goes on, but you don’t expect to find drug packets in a pub booth.”

Katie immediately reported the matter to the staff on duty, who apologised and offered her a refund.

They also promised to improve the cleaning procedures.

“I know there’s not a lot that bouncers can do,” she said.

“It’s a difficult one really.”

The packets are small and often patterned with bright colours, which Katie pointed out is appealing to small children.

“I would be worried my son would put it in his mouth,” she said.

The bags she found were coloured blue and patterned with small pictures of crowns.

Thanks to warnings circulating on social media, Katie was able to spot that the cheerful-looking bags may pose a threat to her children.

She said: “I just want to highlight it to people.”

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We can confirm that a customer handed in two bags to a member of staff.

“On inspection, one of the bags was ripped open and was clean, while the other had very light white residue inside.

“We apologised to the lady and thanked her for handing in the bags.

“The bags were tucked into the booth seating, stuffed in between the seating pads on the booth seating and unfortunately were not visible to members of staff who check the pub on a regular basis.

“The matter was not reported to the police as we were unaware when the bags were put there and contained no drugs.

“The pub has a zero tolerance policy towards drug use and it has an excellent reputation for ensuring drugs are not used on the premises.

“We will redouble our efforts to ensure that an incident like this does not happen again in the pub.”

Although Mr Gershon stated there were no drugs in the bag, he confirmed after further queries that no drugs testing had been done on it.

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