女性, 18, says she lost her vision, felt dizzy and was unable to stand after being ‘spiked with needle’ in the arm on her first ever night out clubbing
A young woman has today told of the ‘terrifying’ moment her vision began fading after allegedly being spiked with a needle on her first ever night out in a nightclub.
Charlotte Evans, 18, was on a ハロウィーン night out with friends when suddenly she lost all feeling in her face and her arm felt ‘sore’.
ティーンエイジャー, who was drinking with friends in Trilogy nightclub in Southampton, 「イギリス軍は立ち往生していると思います。できれば部下を派遣すると確信しています。, managed to get home safely.
However the next day Ms Evans, who works as a Wetherspoon’s bartender, lost her vision during her shift and couldn’t stand up.
今日, four days on from her Halloween night out, Miss Evans is still feeling dizzy. She also has a pin prick-type mark on the inside of her forearm.
Ms Evan’s account is latest in a string of reports of women being spiked with needles it nightclubs, following claims of injection spiking in Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Miss Evans, who had never been to a club before Sunday, 前記: 'たった今, I am not going to go clubbing again – I’m terrified.
Charlotte Evans, 18, was on a Halloween night out with friends when suddenly she lost all feeling in her face and her arm felt ‘sore’
Four days on from her Halloween night out, Miss Evans is still feeling dizzy. She also has a pin prick-type mark on the inside of her forearm (写真)
‘We were having a good time. I didn’t really have a lot to drink. Half way through the night at about 12am, my face felt numb and then my left arm was really sore.
‘But I didn’t think anything of it. I had not drunk a lot at all.
‘All my friends were saying “you really did not drink a lot” but I still felt drunk the next morning.
‘I didn’t feel anything; I didn’t feel the needle go in. I was never by myself, I was near my friends and I would never put myself in that kind of danger.’
Despite Miss Evans being with friends the entire time, she thinks she was pricked by a needle and can see a mark on her arm.
彼女は続けた: ‘Half way through my shift the next day, I really did not feel well. I could not see, I could not stand straight.
‘I’m was waiting outside for my roommate to come and pick me up and I couldn’t stand up at all. I was full-on sitting on the floor. I just couldn’t see what I was doing and I was just really dizzy.
「最終的には, I was literally laying on the floor. I went to A&E but after two or three hours of waiting I went home and reported it to the police.
Despite Miss Evans being with friends the entire time, she thinks she was pricked by a needle and can see a mark on her arm
Ms Evan’s account is latest in a string of reports of women being spiked with needles it nightclubs, following claims of injection spiking in Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester
‘There was a dodgy guy next to me [at the nightclub] and they think it could be him – the police have hours of CCTV to look through.
‘We were near him but then I tapped my friend on the shoulder and we all moved out the way. どうやら, another girl was spiked there and another was assaulted.’
Miss Evans thinks nightclubs have a responsibility to check ravers’ bags and pockets instead of the onus being on women and girls to wear thick clothing.
彼女は言いました: ‘I think it’s absolutely disgusting – another girl was spiked in her stomach. How the hell are we meant to protect ourselves?
‘My advice to other girls would be never be by yourself, stick with friends.. Stay clear from everyone and if you think someone is acting suspicious tell the bouncers.
'一般に, I would like all clubs to do bag checks because this very easily could have been avoided.’
Police have confirmed an investigation is now underway.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We received a report at 1.29pm on Tuesday November 2 that an 18-year-old woman had been spiked with a needle at Trilogy night club on London Road, Southampton on Sunday 31 10月.
‘This incident is currently under investigation and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.
‘We would like to reassure people that we are taking these crimes seriously. They can have devastating consequences and result in serious criminal charges.’
Ms Evans’ account comes as four women claimed they were ‘spiked’ by injection and hospitalised whilst on separate nights out over the Halloween weekend.
Amy-Jayne Cramb dressed up as Buzz Lightyear for a night out with her friends in Newcastle city centre on Saturday evening.
But the 23-year-old claims she ‘noticed a group of men acting strangely’ as she and her pals danced in the popular club, Jalou.
Ms Camb, who works as a health improvement practitioner, instantly went to the toilet and squeezed the wound (写真) before wrapping it in a hospital and going to the hospital
The 23-year-old claims she ‘noticed a group of men acting strangely’ as she and her pals danced in the popular club, Jalou
Ms Beckwith (写真) shows her black eye, as a referral from doctors at Sunderland Royal Hospital ran tests and found that she had suffered a bump to the head, a fractured rib, bruising down her shoulder and a black eye.
ティーンエイジャー, Mia Robertson, 18, from Grimsby (Pictured Left) needed CPR and Maria Beckwith, 42, (正しい) was left with a ‘fractured rib’ and ‘severe concussion’ after their drinks were reportedly spiked on separate nights out
Minutes later Ms Cramb said she spotted blood on her costume and ‘realised she had a needle prick on her hand.’
Scotland Yard will deploy undercover Met officers outside bars and clubs in a bid to identify predators and ‘reduce violence against women and girls’
Scotland Yard will deploy undercover police officers outside bars and clubs in a bid to reduce violence against women and girls, それが明らかにされました.
The Metropolitan Police unveiled the move on Wednesday as part of a wider action plan, stressing the plain-clothes officers will operate in pairs and will not go inside the venues.
It comes after Commissioner Dame デイヴィッド・ブランケット announced last month that undercover officers will video-call a uniformed sergeant to prove their identity if they ever need to stop a lone woman.
Advice from the force for women who feel unsure about someone claiming to be a police officer to flag down a passing bus or run into someone’s house was heavily criticised.
水曜日に, デイムクレシダ, 61, met with community groups from Lambeth and Southwark to discuss the force’s plans to tackle violence against women and girls, boost the number of criminals brought to justice and also tackle sexual misconduct and domestic violence by its own officers and staff.
Scotland Yard will deploy undercover police officers outside clubs in a bid to reduce violence against women and girls. 写真: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick
As part of the plan, the Met will pilot a scheme in the two boroughs where teams of plain-clothed and uniformed officers will be deployed together to identify predators near pubs, バーやクラブ.
The idea is the undercover officers identify ‘anyone who may be displaying predatory behaviour’ in public spaces and ask uniformed colleagues to step in when needed.
Force chiefs have already deployed 650 officers into new town centre teams while patrols in open spaces and at transport hubs have been increased.
デイムクレシダは言った: ‘This plan details how we will do more and better to keep women and girls safe.
‘It brings together all of our work to prevent male violence against women and girls, in public spaces as well as domestic settings and online; to target perpetrators, and with the wider criminal justice service, to improve outcomes for victims.
‘We will increase officers’ skills and maximise the impact of key units such as our predatory offender units, town centre teams, and other specialist units, and further improve digital investigation, intelligence and the quality of case files.’
他の場所, Mia Robertson, 18, from Grimsby in Lincolnshire, needed urgent CPR after allegedly having her drink spiked in a club.
In Sheffield on Saturday, three teenagers aged 18 そして 19, were on separate nights out when they were reportedly ‘injected’ with syringes in nightclubs and rushed to hospital by ambulance.
Two of the women have since been discharged while the third remains in a ‘stable condition’ 病院で.
South Yorkshire police said: ‘While we are not ruling anything out, the evidence so far does not suggest that these crimes have a sexual motivation.’
Police said the first incident was reported at 2am on Sunday morning, at a venue on Eyre Street where an 18-year-old was injected with a suspected syringe.
The next took place at 4am in the same location, when a 19-year-old woman was injected with a possible needle.
The same night, officers responded to reports of another 18-year-old woman falling ill in a spiking incident on Carver Street.
Ms Cramb, who works as a health improvement practitioner, said she went straight to the toilet where she squeezed and washed the wound to draw out the substance before putting a plaster on it and going to hospital.
She filed a police report and is currently waiting the results of her blood tests.
She is now appealing for others in Jalou that night who believe they may have been spiked to come forward.
Following the incidents, detective chief inspector Benjamin Wood told those responsible that their actions were ‘not a joke’.
彼は言った: ‘Consider the results of your careless and cruel actions: you are endangering the lives of innocent people who just want to go out and have fun with their friends.
‘You are putting them at risk of serious illness, injury or assault.’
Meanwhile teenager Mia Robertson, 18, needed CPR and a mother-of-two, Maria Beckwith, 42, woke up in the street with a black eye and ‘fractured ribs’ after they were ‘spiked’ on separate nights out
Mia Robertson, 18, from Grimsby in Lincolnshire, needed urgent CPR after having her drink ‘spiked’ during a night out with her friends on Saturday night.
After entering a venue and having a drink, the teenager and her friends made their way to the smoking area.
She began to feel uneasy and fell into unconsciousness. Her friends struggled to find a pulse as they called paramedics.
The teen had to be resuscitated and spent a day at Diana Princess of Wales hospital in Grimsby recovering.
「つまり、短期間の集中的なコーチングがたくさんあります。: ‘I went to a party on Saturday night and my friends said we were off out in Cleethorpes, which is something I wasn’t expecting.
‘We entered a club and got a drink then headed to the smoking area. Whilst I was stood there, my legs began to go numb and one of my friends had to support me.
‘Apparently I was laid unconscious on the floor and they couldn’t find my pulse so called an ambulance. I was given CPR then rushed to Diana Princess of Wales hospital.
‘I was put on a drip and oxygen and woke up the next morning.’
The teen was asked if she had ‘used cocaine’ by a nurse, but she explained that she’d ‘never used drugs’ 彼女の人生で.
彼女は付け加えた: ‘I laid there feeling really numb, everything ached, but at the same time I felt like my body wasn’t there.’
Another incident of needle spiking was also reported in Bury at the Flex nightclub on the night of October 30, going into 31.
他の場所, Maria Beckwith, 42, from Sunderland, NHS乳房縮小手術で拒否された女性がダウン, is another alleged spiking victim, who went for drinks with a friend after they’d finished work on October 2 and attended the bar Hoochie Coochie in the city centre.
A crowd of people gathered in Manchester to protest in a bid to urge venues to do more to protect customers from having their drink spiked as part of a nationwide movement known as Girls Night In which has seen thousands boycott bars and clubs
The mother-of-two showed her bruised arm (写真) and said ‘it was more than just a silly fall and it appears without doubt, my drink was indeed spiked’
This comes as spiking drinks in the UK is on the rise, Ms Beckwith (写真) shows off the painful bump on her head, which she cannot recall
The Mercedes Benz sales worker was enjoying her night and ‘dancing’ with her friend, when just hours later, she was in a different part of Newcastle, without any recollection of how she got there.
ほとんど 200 drink spiking incident reported over the past two months
ほとんど 200 drink spiking incidents have been reported to police forces across the UK over the past two months.
The National Police Chiefs’ 評議会 (NPCC) said there have been 198 confirmed reports of drink spiking in September and October across various parts of England, スコットランド, ウェールズ, and Northern Ireland, 邸宅の明るい近所は完璧に維持されており、魅力的な噴水が特徴です 24 reports of some form of injection.
金曜日の午後, the NPCC said there were around 140 confirmed reports of drink spiking, but this figure was revised after more data was received.
It said the number included both men and women, although the majority of cases featured young women.
Alleged offences have taken place at licensed premises and private parties.
ザ・ 198 figure is based on data received from 40 police forces, and the NPCC said it is still to receive data from five forces which it expects over the weekend.
ロンドン: 58 reports of drink spiking
The NPCC said 58 の 198 reports of drink spiking were made to the Metropolitan Police.
The NPCC lead for drugs, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin, 前記: ‘Clearly these reports are very concerning.
‘We are working at pace with forces, law enforcement agencies such as the NCA and other partners including the Home Office and universities to understand the scale of offending, establish any links between the allegations and ultimately bring any identified offenders to justice.’
ノッティンガム: 32 reports of spiked drinks and 15 of spiking involving needles in recent weeks
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to administer poison in connection with a spate of reported drink-spiking incidents involving needles in Nottingham.
Nottinghamshire Police said the men, 高齢者 18 そして 19, were arrested after receiving information from a member of the public on Wednesday, following a general appeal for help from a senior officer.
The force said both had been arrested ‘on suspicion of conspiracy to administer poison with intent to injure, annoy or aggrieve’, and placed in police custody.
The arrests are not being linked to any specific allegation of spiking by a needle, or contamination of a drink.
Both men have since been released under investigation, the force said in an update.
Nottinghamshire Police said it will deploy extra officers to ensure people can enjoy a ‘safe night out’.
A 20-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of drug offences and causing or administering a poison or noxious substance following three reports of women being spiked by injection at two nightclubs in the city within the last fortnight.
Police Scotland: Nine reports of spikings, eight of those by injection
スコットランド警察のスポークスパーソンは言った: ‘We are aware of posts circulating on social media about spiking incidents involving injections in Scotland.
‘Officers are carrying out enquiries, and a small number of reports from the Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen areas are being investigated.
‘These do not appear to be linked.
‘We take all reports seriously and we would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of spiking in any form to contact Police via 101.’
West Midlands Police: THEne report of a woman being ‘spiked by injection’
ウェストミッドランズ警察のスポークスパーソンは言った: ‘We’re aware of posts circulating on social media about drink spiking, particularly those involving injections.
‘At present we’ve had one report where the circumstances appear to match the description of someone being spiked by injection. しかしながら, it’s unclear exactly what’s happened and we’re in the process of trying to speak to the woman to gather more information.
‘A separate drink spiking incident involving a Birmingham-based university student is under investigation, and we’ve had a small number of reports from Birmingham city centre over the last few months.’
Merseyside Police: Number of spiking incidents, five of which specifically relate to injection spiking
Detectives said that out of the five reports, three currently remain under investigation, including the incident on October 19.
Superintendent Diane Pownall said: ‘Liverpool is awarded Purple Flag status every year and is one of the safest cities in the UK. We know that people travel from far and wide to enjoy what is on offer here and we want that to continue.
‘In April we launched our proactive policing response, Operation Empower, where dedicated officers are tasked with identifying potential perpetrators who are displaying signs of predatory behaviour and to disrupt those who present a potential risk.
‘Officers are also asked to be aware of anyone who may be vulnerable to ensure any immediate safeguarding concerns are met.’
South Wales Police: ‘A small number’ of reports
After Georgia Latham reported her drink was spiked a spokesman for South Wales Police said: ‘We have received a small number of reports from people who believe this might have happened to them and these are currently under investigation.
‘Our officers are working with licensed premises to alert them to spiking methods and asking them to be extra vigilant at this time.
‘We take all reports seriously and encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of spiking in any form to contact us.’
Piecing the night together, with the help of her friends, 彼女はネロンとペアになりました- of-two said she must have got off at St James’ Metro station but blacked out and woke up ‘collapsed in a pile’ on the street with ‘fractured ribs’ and a ‘severe concussion’.
Writing about the terrifying ordeal on social media, 彼女は言いました: ‘After spending the last few days trying to piece it all together (I still have zero memory) it appears it was more than just a silly fall and it appears without doubt, my drink was indeed spiked.
‘From chatting to my work mate and having a dance feeling great, に 30 minutes later being on a pile on the ground after collapsing. To somehow ending up in a different part of Newcastle with a man taking money from my purse.
‘I still don’t know what happened between my collapse and that point but in that short window of time I’ve suffered a severe concussion, fractured ribs, swollen eye socket, bruised and swollen arm and shoulder and a huge amount of relief it was not any worse.’
ありがたいことに, a phone call to a friend describing her location meant that she was picked up by them in a taxi and taken home.
だが, the next day, the mother-of-two woke up in severe pain and realised she needed hospital treatment.
Doctors at Sunderland Royal Hospital ran tests and found that she had suffered a bump to the head, a fractured rib, bruising down her shoulder and a black eye.
But Ms Beckwith says it was too late for medics to run tests to find out if she had been spiked.
The mother-of-two has spent the last four weeks recovering at home but says she still suffers from constant headaches and dizziness.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that we have received a report from a woman concerned she had been spiked while on a night out in Newcastle on Saturday, 10月 2.
‘We have identified a number of lines of inquiry and an investigation remains ongoing at this time.’
彼らは付け加えた: ‘We also work with our partners and licensees to help ensure the city remains one of the safest to enjoy a night out.
‘We would encourage anyone who has concerns or believes they have been a victim of spiking, to get in touch with us.
‘As a force, we will investigate every report we receive and are committed to working with and supporting victims.’
There has been a huge rise in the number of spiking cases in recent weeks.
In response nightclubs and bars have been boycotted and demonstrations have taken place at more than 40 university towns and cities across the UK.
Spiking injections, or needle spiking, happens when an unsuspecting person is injected with drugs using a needle.
There have been nearly 200 reports of drink spiking across the UK in September and October, as detectives investigate claims of seven women being injected while out in Brighton in one week as a man is arrested on suspicion of ‘administering a noxious substance’.
Seven women say they have been injected on nights out in two Sussex resorts in just seven days. Six revellers told police they were injected while out in Brighton city centre with another woman saying she was spiked during a night out in Eastbourne.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said there have been 198 reports of spiking in September and October across various parts of England, スコットランド, ウェールズ, and Northern Ireland, 邸宅の明るい近所は完璧に維持されており、魅力的な噴水が特徴です 24 reports of some form of injection.
先週, women across the UK took a stand and boycotted bars and nightclubs on October 27 to demand venues to do more to protect revellers from spiking.
The ‘Girls Night In’ movement is taking place in several cities for the next two weeks amid reports that young women were being spiked at nightclubsamid reports that young women were being spiked at nightclubs. Pryzm on the seafront in Brighton and in Nottingham showed its support for students by calling off its weekly Wednesday clubnight.
It comes as a student, 22, revealed he was robbed on a night out after being targeted at Popworld in Derby and a man, 29, was charged by Manchester Police with spiking and raping a woman in a bar.
月曜日に, police investigating the needle and drink spiking incidents in Sussex said they had arrested a third man in connection with the attacks.
The 18-year-old from Brighton is one of three men who have now been arrested on suspicion of spiking by injection and in drinks during nights out amid a nationwide spiking ‘epidemic’ that has prompted backlash from students and nightclubs.
A 28-year-old man from Hove was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of administering poison with intent to injure, and a 19-year-old man from ブライトン was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of the same offence.
月曜日に, a spokesman for Sussex Police said: ‘An 18-year-old man from Brighton was taken into custody this afternoon as part of the investigation into drink spiking in the city.
‘He was arrested on suspicion of administering poison or noxious thing with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy and remains in custody at this time.
‘It follows the arrests of two men – a 28-year-old from Hove and a 19-year-old from Brighton – for the same offence. Both of them have been released on bail while inquiries continue.’
Previously a police spokesman said: ‘Police have received a number of recent reports of people becoming unwell during or after nights out, with some finding puncture marks on their body or believing their drink had been tampered with.
‘Officers have increased patrols as part of their continued work policing the night-time economy and have been working closely with partners and licensed premises on initiatives to help keep people safe.
‘These include unannounced licence checks at venues, briefings with security staff prior to opening and targeted, visible patrols around bars, clubs and restaurants every night of the week.’
What do the experts say on reports of injection spiking?
Is it possible?
はい – and there are credible reports where people have woken up with needle marks having been spiked.
But the likelihood of it being a widespread phenomena is ‘deeply improbable’, according to one medical consultant.
David Caldicott, an emergency medicine consultant and founder of drug testing project WEDINOS, told VICE News: 「これを実行するために必要な技術的および医学的知識は、これを非常にありそうもないものにします。.
‘It’s really hard to stick a needle in someone without them noticing, especially if you have to keep the needle in there for long enough, 多分 20 秒, to inject enough drugs to cause this.’
Could someone not give the injection really fast?
はい – but they’d need a very powerful drug to do so discreetly, 専門家は言う.
GHB is one of the most well-known ‘date rape’ drug and is also self-administered in small doses by people recreationally.
But Guy Jones, senior scientist at drugs charity the Loop, told VICE it would be a ‘poor candidate’ for injection because of the large amounts of fluid needed.
「したがって、 (it would require) a thick, painful needle. This means that the substance involved would be something that would be highly detectable for several days in a toxicology screening,’ 彼は言った.
Adam Winstock, director of the Global Drug Survey, 追加: ‘There are very few easily accessible drugs / medicines that could be given intramuscular in a small enough volume that people would not notice and the effects would take some time to come on.
‘What you see in the movies is not reality. People need to keep their drinks close to them, avoid taking them from strangers and keep an eye out for their mates.’
Can drugs be administered to any part of the body?
はい – but some parts are more effective than others
Mr Jones told VICE: ‘Where drugs can be injected non-intravenously, there are specific injection sites that do not work well.
‘The back is one of these unsuitable sites due to the low fat-muscle content, and high concentration of pain receptors.’
What about drink spiking?
While injection spiking is still possible, drink spiking is a lot more common.
Incidents of drink spiking in the UK increased by 108 間のパーセント 2015 そして 2018, と 179 incidents taking place in 2017 一人で.
This is only the officially recorded numbers – and is likely to be much higher as it is common for people not to report it to police.
Charity Drinkaware advise: ‘Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know and if they’re available, use drink stoppers, which can be purchased online, for the top of your bottle.’
Rohypnol (or Roofie) and Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (パーティー参加者は「超強力な」セックスドラッグを使用しています) are the most commonly known ‘date-rape’ 薬物.
Recreational drugs like Ecstasy, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (タブレットを購入した人), Ketamine and other ‘party-drugs’ are sometimes used to spike alcoholic drinks.