Police to assess scale of drink spiking at nightclubs amid injection claims

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olis Amid a surge in reports calling for an immediate assessment of the scale of drink spiking in nightclubs and parties and claims that some people have been given the drug by injection.

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home Secretary Priti Patel Forces have asked for an update after some said they had seen more spiking incidents in recent months.

Police chiefs have been tasked by the Commons Home Affairs Committee to provide immediate further information on their assessment of the scale of the problem following reports of incidents in several parts of the country, including Nottingham. Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Groups from more than 30 universities around the UK have joined an online campaign calling for a boycott of nightclubs, with campaigners seeking “tangible” changes to make them safer, such as covers/stoppers for drinks, for staff Better training and a more rigorous search. Clubbers.

It is absolutely disgusting that in the last few days many students have reported incidents of women having night outs.

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A petition launched last week to make thorough search of guests upon entry to nightclubs a legal requirement has already garnered more than 120,000 signatures.

it comes as a University of Nottingham The student told how she believed she was given an injection during a night-out with friends.

Zara Owen, 19, from Surrey, said she blacked out shortly after arriving at a venue last Monday, telling BBC Breakfast: “I know I didn’t drink as much as I usually do this night at night. Used to drink, and the fact that I don’t remember anything is scary to me because it’s something that’s a very rare occasion for me.

“I never suffered memory loss and then the next morning… I woke up with really painful legs.

“I found a pin prick in my leg which was the center of all the pain. It made me unable to walk and I was limping around.

“As a young person who is in university, I’ve been hearing stories of people who have gone to nightclubs and been injected. I’ve heard it happen through someone’s hand or through their back. , so that’s how I felt it happened to me.”

Nottinghamshire Police said it had seen an increasing number of spiking in recent months and arrested one person as part of a wider operation.

Nottinghamshire Superintendent of Police Katherine Crainer said: “Over the past few months we have seen an increase in reports where people believe drugs may be put in their drinks … but we have also received some reports Where people are telling us, as Zara put it, that it is associated with the sensation of pain or scarring, scratching on a part of their body, and as if they have been physically fanged.”

The University of Nottingham said it was “extremely concerned” by the reports and was working with police and venues to “monitor, review and learn from incidents and experiences in the city centre”.

Police Scotland is also investigating a similar report. A spokesman said: “Officers are investigating and some reports from the Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow areas are being investigated. These do not appear to be linked.”

National Union of Students (NUS) president Larissa Kennedy said: “It is absolutely disgusting that over the past few days many students have reported incidents of women having night outs.”

Sarah Crews, temporary chief constable for Avon and Somerset Police, who leads the work of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) on rape and adult sex crimes, told the Commons Home Affairs Committee on Wednesday: “Injection spiking cases In, I only became aware of it this morning so I am aware of the reports…

“I think it’s a reasonable assumption that they may have a sexual motive, but there is no indication.”

“It’s difficult to assess on that particular trend at the moment, in terms of the more general drink spiking we know is a problem,” he said.

Drinking alcohol can lead to up to ten years in prison – or even more if there has been another crime such as rape, robbery or other assault.

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