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Capital's nightspot hotspots to emit safety alerts

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London police are turning to Wi-Fi to beam alerts to revellers in the capital, warning them of the danger of rape while out partying and drinking over Christmas.

Wi-Fi hotspots near popular clubs in central parts of London, such as Ministry of Sound, Proud Galleries and the Trocadero Centre, are being targeted by Scotland Yard officers.

Met-issued adverts about the Wi-Fi technology have been posted in various boroughs across the capital. They ask punters to twiddle with their mobiles' Wi-Fi or Bluetooth settings to receive alerts to be sent by the police.

"This concerted prevention drive is about sending a message to perpetrators of rape that sex with someone who is unable to consent is rape. If a person is unconscious or their judgement is impaired by alcohol they are legally unable to consent," said Scotland Yard detective superintendant Jason Ashwood.

"Men and women should never feel that they cannot enjoy themselves on a night out; however we would always advise people to take care of themselves and their friends and ensure they are comfortable with their surroundings and situation. Have fun, but be responsible and stay safe. It is an unfortunate fact of life that there are individuals out there who will try and take advantage of people when their inhibitions are lowered.

"This is about us trying to prevent offences from happening in the first place. I do however want to make something very clear: the only person ever responsible for a rape is the perpetrator." ®

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