By Robin Murray

People in Bristol will now be able to test their drugs before taking them thanks to a groundbreaking initiative.

The Loop’s Multi Agency Safety Testing Service (MAST), which has been rolled out at a number of UK festivals, will now be available in the heart of Bristol - making it the first time a drug safety testing service has been open to the general public in a UK town or city.

On Saturday evening a team of 40 chemists and healthcare professionals from the charity ran a pop-up laboratory in the city centre, testing substances brought in by members of the public to see if they contained what the buyers thought they did.