‘It has created a different level of fear for girls in Nottingham and across the UK,’ organiser of club boycott says. By Zoe Tidman
Women are “scared” to go out clubbing as police investigate reports of spiking through injection, campaigners have warned.
Police in Nottinghamshire and ウェストヨークシャー have both received reports of spiking with injections. Officers in Scotland are also reportedly investigating alleged incidents.
Zara Owen, 19, 言った独立者 she woke up after a night out in ノッティンガム last week with a “sharp, agonising pain” in her leg, a limp and no memory after a certain point.
“I said to my mom that my leg was sore. She initially thought I had pulled a muscle or something," 彼女が言います. “And my friends were confused as well because they know I didn’t drink much.”
The first-year student at the University of Nottingham says: “I thought maybe I’d been spiked, because it seems horrible to jump to the conclusion but it seemed quite likely.”
The day after, she found a “pinprick” on her leg and pressed it, triggering a shooting pain.
“The main thing that is really terrifying me as well as being spiked is that it was by an injection," 彼女が言います. “Naturally, I could be a carrier of HIV or hepatitis if this needle in use was a dirty one.”
She says she gave up waiting in A&E after it took eight hours and is still waiting for her nearest available GP appointment. She says her doctor advised to go to a local sexual health clinic.
Ms Owen says she has been in contact with police.
Another student from the University of Nottingham has spoken about fears she was spiked through an injection, 告げる ITV she woke up after a night out during Freshers’ Week with memory loss and a pain in her hand, where a pinprick mark was found.
“I knew I had clearly been spiked but it would have never occurred to me it was via injection if my hand wasn’t throbbing,” Sarah Buckle told ITV. “I thought how? I never take a drink away from the bar.
Students are organising boycotts of nightclubs next week across the UK – including in Nottingham, エディンバラ, Bristol and Exeter – in a call for clubs to do more to tackle spiking at venues, including tighter checks on entry.
“We deserve to have FUN on our nights out,” Edinburgh’s “Girls Night In” campaign posted on Instagram. “It’s not fair that our club experiences are being tainted by the fear, worry and anxiety that we are going to be drugged.”
Organisers of the Girls Night In boycott in Nottingham tell The Independent they first thought stories of women being spiked by injection first appeared as “hearsay” and “like a horror story”.
“Then we heard it happened to people we know and people we can actually put a name and a face to,” Laura*, a third-year student behind the campaign, 言う.
“I didn’t even think it was a thing,” Frankie*, anothe third-year organising the boycott, 言う 独立者, saying she always thought spiking involved putting something in drinks.
“It sort of changed the game a bit, the fact you can be conscious about keeping your drink close. But then you can’t really stop someone injecting you," 彼女が言います.
“So I think it has created a different level of fear for girls in Nottingham and across the UK. 「「
Laura tells 独立者 she thinks “a lot of people are scared” to go out in Nottingham the current climate.
Frankie adds: “We’re all frustrated that after a year and a half inside and now we can go out, we feel like we’ve been forced to stay inside.”
Nottinghamshire Police is currently investigating reports of individuals suspecting that their drinks have been spiked, Superintendent Kathryn Craner from the force said.
“Linked to this a small number of victims have said that they may have felt a scratching sensation as if someone may have spiked them physically. その結果、, we are actively investigating all these reports,彼女は火曜日に言った.
Supt Craner said a 20-year-old man has been arrested following a report of an incident in Lower Parliament Street in Nottingham on 16 10月. He has been released on bail as investigations continue. “This arrest comes as part of our ongoing investigations into alleged spiking reports in the city," 彼女は言いました.
Supt Craner added: “We do not believe that these are targeted incidents; they are distinctly different from anything we have seen previously as victims have disclosed a physical scratch type sensation before feeling very unwell. This is subtly different from feelings of intoxication through alcohol according to some victims.”
The University of Nottingham was “extremely concerned” by reports of spiking by injections and was working with police and nightlife venues “to monitor, review and learn from incidents and experiences in the city centre”, 広報担当者は言った.
“We have contacted them about the specific concerns raised and will continue to liaise with them to actively tackle societal problems and challenge behaviours.”
West Yorkshire Police told独立者 on Tuesday they had received one report of “spiking by injection”. This was reported to have occurred in Leeds City Centre on 13 10月.
“We have spoken to the victim about this matter and enquiries are currently ongoing into the incident,” the force said.
Detective Superintendent Paula Bickerdike from West Yorkshire Police said: “We understand the genuine concerns that women have around their safety, particularly in the night-time economy, and we remain absolutely committed to doing everything we can alongside our partner agencies to make the county a safer place for women and girls.”
プリティ・パテル, the home secretary, has also asked police forces to urgently assess the scale of drink spiking at nightclubs and parties after some said they had seen more spiking incidents in recent months.
Spiking drinks can lead to up to ten years in prison – or even higher if other offences like rape, robbery or another assault has taken place.
*Not their real names as did not wish to be identified