wooShagun is afraid to go out as police investigate reports of spiking through injections, campaigners have warned.
Nightclub boycotts are planned in UK cities next week as students demand tighter security amid reports of women being attacked with needles in nightclubs.
Police in Nottinghamshire and West Yorkshire have received reports of spiking with injections. Scottish authorities are also reportedly investigating the alleged incidents.
19 year old Zara Owen told Granthshala She woke up last week after a night out in Nottingham, with “sharp, excruciating pain” in her leg, a limp and no memory after a certain point.
“I told my mother that I have a pain in my leg. He initially thought I pulled a muscle or something,” she says. “And my friends were confused too because they knew I didn’t drink much.”
A first-year student at the University of Nottingham says: “I thought maybe I was nudged, because it sounds awful to jump to conclusions, but it was quite likely.”
The next day, he found a “pinprick” on his leg and pressed it, triggering a shooting pain.
“The main thing that really frightened me as well as edgy is that it was by an injection,” she says. “Naturally, I could be a carrier of HIV or hepatitis if this needle in use was dirty.”
She says after taking eight hours she quit waiting at A&E and is still waiting for her nearest GP appointment. She says her doctor advised her to go to a local sexual health clinic.
Ms Owen says she is in contact with the police.
Another student at the University of Nottingham has spoken out about the fear that he was amplified through injections, saying ITV She woke up with memory loss and pain in her arm after a night out during freshers week where a pinprick mark was found.
Sarah Buckley told ITV, “I knew I had obviously got knuckles, but it would never have happened to me, it would have been through injections if my arm hadn’t been beating.” “I thought how? I never take a drink from the bar.”
Students are organizing a boycott of nightclubs across the UK next week – including Nottingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Exeter – in a call for clubs to do more to tackle spiking in venues, including stricter checks on entry.
“We deserve to have fun on our night outs,” the Girls Night In campaign from Edinburgh posted on Instagram. “It is not fair that our club experiences are being corrupted by the fear, anxiety and worry that we are going to be intoxicated.”
The organizers of Girls Night in Boycott in Nottingham told Granthshala He previously thought that the stories of women being molested by injection were “heard” and “like a horror story”.
“Then we heard it happened to people we know and people we can really give a name and a face to,” says Laura*, the third-year student behind the campaign.
Another third year organizing the boycott, Frankie* said, “I didn’t even think it was a thing.” Granthshala, She said she always thought spiking involved putting something in a drink.
“It changed the game a little bit, the fact that you can be aware of keeping your drink close by. But then you can’t really stop someone from injecting you,” she said.
“So I think it has created a different level of fear for girls in Nottingham and across the UK.”
Laura told Granthshala She thinks that “a lot of people are scared” to go out in Nottingham in the current environment.
Frankie said: “We’re all disappointed that after a year and a half and now that we can move out, we feel like we’ve been forced to stay in.”
Superintendent Katherine Craner said Nottinghamshire Police are currently investigating reports from people who suspect their drink may have been tainted.
“A small number of victims associated with this have said that they may have felt the scratching as if someone had physically bitten them. Consequently, we are actively investigating all these reports,” she said on Tuesday.
Supert Craner said a 20-year-old man has been arrested following reports of an incident in Nottingham’s Lower Parliament Street on 16 October. He has been released on bail as the investigation continues. “This arrest comes as part of our ongoing investigation into alleged spiking reports in the city,” she said.
She continued: “We do not believe these to be targeted incidents; they are markedly different from anything we have seen before because victims have exposed a physical scratching type sensation before feeling very unwell. This According to some victims the feelings of intoxication through alcohol are very different.”
A spokesman said the University of Nottingham was “extremely concerned” by reports of spiking by injection and was working with police and nightlife venues to monitor, review and learn from incidents and experiences in the city centre.
“We have contacted them about the specific concerns raised and will continue to contact them to actively address social problems and challenge behaviors.”
West Yorkshire Police said they had a report of “spiking by injection”. It was reported to have happened in the city center of Leeds on 13 October.
“We have spoken to the victim regarding the matter and inquiries are on in connection with the incident,” the force said.
Detective Superintendent Paula Bickerdike of West Yorkshire Police said: “We understand the real concerns that women have about the safety of women, particularly in the night-time economy, and we are working with our partner agencies to unite the county. Fully committed to make every effort a safe place for women and girls.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel has also asked police forces to immediately assess the amount of alcohol consumed in nightclubs and parties as some people have said that they have witnessed incidents of over-consumption in recent months.
Drinking alcohol can lead to up to 10 years in prison, even more if other crimes such as rape, robbery or other assault have been committed.
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*not their real names, as they did not want to reveal their identity
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