Today, a young woman described the moment her vision began to blur after being allegedly spiked with needles on her first night out in a club.

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’.

The teenager, who was having a drink with friends at Trilogy in Southampton, Hants managed to get home safely.

Ms Evans, a Wetherspoon’s Bartender, lost her sight during her shift the next day and couldn’t stand up.

Miss Evans is still dizzy four days after her Halloween night-out. Also, she has a pin-prick-like mark on her inside forearm.

Ms. Evan’s account is the latest in a series of reports about women being spiked with needles in nightclubs. This follows claims of injection spiking at Manchester, Liverpool, and Nottingham.

Miss Evans, who had never been before to a club, said that she was afraid and wouldn’t go back. 

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'

Charlotte Evans, 18, was out on Halloween night with friends when suddenly her face and arm began to ache.

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 (pictured)

Miss Evans still feels dizzy four day after her Halloween night-out. Also, she has a pin-prick-like mark on her forearm (pictured).

“We were having a lot of fun. I didn’t really have much to drink. About halfway through the night, at 12am, I felt my face numb. My left arm was also sore.

“But I didn’t think anything about it. I hadn’t drunk much. 

“All my friends said that you didn’t drink a lot, but I still felt drunk the next day.

“I didn’t feel anything, I didn’t feel that the needle went in. I was always with my friends, and I never felt alone. I wouldn’t put myself in such danger.

Miss Evans was with friends throughout the whole time, but she believes she was pricked with a needle. She can see a mark on Miss Evans’ arm.

She continued: “Halfway through my shift on the next day, it was clear that I didn’t feel well. I couldn’t see and I couldn’t stand straight.

“I was waiting outside to have my roommate come and pick me, and I couldn’t stand at all. I was glued to the ground. I couldn’t see the point of what I was doing, and I felt dizzy.

“Eventually, I was literally lying down 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

Miss Evans was at the party with friends, but she thinks she was pricked and can see a mark in 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

Ms Evan’s account is the latest in a series of reports about women being spiked with needles in nightclubs. This follows claims of injection spiking at Manchester, Liverpool, and Nottingham.

“There was a dodgy boy next to me.” [at the nightclub]They suspect it might be him, and the police have hours of CCTV footage to examine.

“We were close to him, but then I tapped on my friend on her shoulder and we all moved out of the way. It was discovered that another girl was assaulted and another girl was spiked.

Miss Evans believes nightclubs should have a responsibility not only to make sure ravers are safe but also to ensure that they don’t wear too much clothing.

She said, “It’s absolutely disgusting that another girl was spiked in their stomachs.” How are we supposed to protect ourselves?

“My advice for other girls would be to not be alone.. Keep your distance from everyone.. If you suspect someone is acting suspicious, let the bouncers know.

“In general, I would like for all clubs to conduct bag checks because this could have been avoided.”

Police confirmed that an investigation was underway.

Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said that they received a report on Tuesday November 2, at 1.29pm, that an 18-year old woman had been spiked at Trilogy nightclub on London Road, Southampton on Sunday 31 Oct.

“This incident is currently under investigation. Investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

“We want to assure people that we take these crimes seriously. They can have serious consequences and lead to criminal charges. 

Ms Evans’ account was made after four women claimed that they were’spiked’ by injections and hospitalized during separate nights on Halloween weekend.  

Amy-Jayne Cramb dressed as Buzz Lightyear to go out with her friends in Newcastle city center on Saturday night. 

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 Cramb said she spotted blood on her costume and 'realised she had a needle prick on her hand.'

Ms Camb, who works as a health improvement practitioner, instantly went to the toilet and squeezed the wound (Pictured) before wrapping it in a hospital and going to the hospital

Ms. Camb works as a health-improvement practitioner and immediately went to the toilet to squeeze the wound (Pictured), before wrapping it up in a hospital and taking it 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

The 23-year-old claims that she “noticed a bunch of men acting strangely” as she and her friends danced at Jalou’s popular club.

Ms Beckwith (Pictured) 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.

Ms. Beckwith (Pictured), shows her black eyes. She was referred by Sunderland Royal Hospital doctors who ran tests and discovered that she had suffered a bump on her head, a fractured vertebra, and bruising down her shoulder.

Mia Robertson, 18, (Pictured Left) needed CPR after her drink was spiked in Lincolnshire

Maria Beckwith, 42, (Right) was spiked during a night out with a work friend in Newcastle

Mia Robertson (18 years old) from Grimsby (Pictured Left), needed CPR. Maria Beckwith (Right), was left with a fractured rib and severe concussion after their drinks were reportedly spiked on different nights.

Ms. Cramb stated that she saw blood on her dress and realized she had a needle in her hand.

Scotland Yard will deploy undercover Met officers in bars and clubs to catch predators and’reduce violence towards women and girls’ 

Scotland Yard will deploy undercover police officers outside bars and clubs in a bid to reduce violence against women and girls, it has been revealed.

The Metropolitan Police announced the move Wednesday as part of a larger action plan. They stressed that plain-clothes officers would operate in pairs and would not enter the venues.

It follows the announcement by Commissioner Dame Cressida, Dick last month that undercover officers would video-call a uniformed Sergeant to prove their identity in case they need to stop a single woman.

Concerns were raised when Wayne Couzens, a serving officer, attempted to arrest Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, to kidnap and rape her as she was walking home from Clapham, south west London. 

The force’s advice to women who are unsure about someone claiming they are a police officer was heavily criticised.

Dame Cressida (61), met with Lambeth and Southwark community groups to discuss the force’s plans to tackle violence against girls and women, increase the number of criminals brought before justice, and also address sexual misconduct and domestic violence by its officers and staff.

Scotland Yard will deploy undercover police officers outside clubs in a bid to reduce violence against women and girls. Pictured: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick

Scotland Yard will send undercover officers to clubs in an effort to reduce violence against girls and women. Pictured: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick

The Met will pilot the scheme in two boroughs. Teams of plain-clothed officers and uniformed officers will work together to identify predators close to bars, clubs, and pubs.

The idea is for the undercover officers to identify “anyone who may have been displaying predatory behaviour” in public spaces, and then ask uniformed counterparts to step in when necessary.

Force chiefs have already deployed over 650 officers in new town center teams, while patrols at transport hubs and open spaces have been increased.

Dame Cressida declared: “This plan details our plans to do more and better to keep girls and women safe.

“It brings together all our work to prevent male violence towards women and girls, both in public spaces and at home, online and offline; to target perpetrators and to improve the outcomes for victims.

“We will increase officers’ skills and maximise impact of key units, such as our predatory offense units, towns centre teams, or other specialist units, and further improve the digital investigation, intelligence, quality of case files.


Mia Robertson (18) from Grimsby, Lincolnshire needed emergency CPR after her drink was allegedly spiked at a club. 

Three teenagers, aged 18 and 19, were in Sheffield on Saturday when they were reportedly injected with syringes at nightclubs. They were then rushed to hospital by ambulance.

Two of the women were discharged, while the third is still in stable condition in hospital. 

South Yorkshire police stated: “While we don’t rule out anything, the evidence so far doesn’t suggest that these crimes had a sexual motive.” 

Police reported that the first incident occurred at 2am Sunday morning at a location on Eyre Street, where an 18-year old was injected with a suspected needle.

The next occurred at 4am in the exact same location. A 19-year-old female was injected with a needle.

Officers responded to a report that another 18-year old woman had fallen ill after a spiking incident at Carver Street.  

Ms. Cramb works as a health-improvement practitioner. She said that she went straight to the bathroom to clean the wound and then put a plaster on it before going to hospital.

She filed a report with the police and is now waiting for the results from her blood tests.

She is now appealing to others in Jalou for those who believe they were spiked to come forward.  

Benjamin Wood, chief detective inspector, told the perpetrators that their actions were not a joke after the incidents.

He said, “Consider the consequences of your careless actions and cruelty: You are endangering innocent people’s lives who just want to have fun with their friends.”

‘You are putting them in danger 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 years old, from Grimsby in Lincolnshire required urgent CPR after her drink was’spiked.’  

After enjoying a drink in a bar, the teenager and her friend made their way to the smoking room.

She began to feel uneasy, and she fell into unconsciousness. As her friends tried to find a pulse, they called paramedics. 

The teen had his life saved by Diana Princess of Wales hospital in Grimsby.

Mia stated that she went to a party Saturday night, and her friends told me they were going out to Cleethorpes. This was something I didn’t expect.

“We went to a bar and had a drink before going to the smoking room. As I stood there, my legs became numb. One friend had to help me. 

“Apparently, I was unconscious on the ground and they couldn’t find my pulse so they called an ambulance. I was given CPR and then rushed to Diana Princess Hospital.

“I was put on a drip of oxygen and woke up the next day. 

A nurse asked the teenager if she had ever used cocaine. However, she replied that she’d never used drugs in her life. 

She added: ‘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.

Maria Beckwith, 42 years old, from Sunderland Tyne and Wear is another victim of spiking. She went out with a friend after finishing work on October 2, and went to the bar Hoochie Coochie in central London.

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

Manchester saw a crowd gather to protest against the fact that some venues were not doing enough to protect their customers from drink spikes as part of Girls Night In, a nationwide movement that has seen thousands of people boycott bars.

The mother-of-two showed her bruised arm (Pictured) and said 'it was more than just a silly fall and it appears without doubt, my drink was indeed spiked'

The mother-of-2 showed her bruised arm (Pictured), and stated that it was more than a silly fall. It appears without doubt that my drink was indeed spiked.

This comes as spiking drinks in the UK is on the rise, Ms Beckwith (Pictured) shows off the painful bump on her head, which she cannot recall

This comes as spiking drinks in the UK is on the rise, Ms Beckwith (Pictured) shows off the painful bump on her head, which she cannot recall

The Mercedes Benz sales representative was having fun and ‘dancing” with her friend when she found herself in a different area of Newcastle hours later. She had no memory of how she got there.

Nearly 200 incidents of drink spiking have been reported in the past two-months 

Over the past two-months, nearly 200 incidents of drink spiking have been reported to police forces in the UK.

According to the National Police Chiefs’ Conference (NPCC), there were 198 reports of drink spiking across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in September and October. There have also been 24 reports of some type of injection.

The NPCC reported that there were approximately 140 reports of drink spiking on Friday afternoon. However, this number was revised after receiving more data.

It stated that the number was both male and female, but most cases involved young women.

Allegations of offences were committed at licensed premises as well as private parties.

The 198 figure is based upon data from 40 police forces. The NPCC stated that it still needs data from five other forces and expects to receive them over the weekend.

London: 58 reports on drink spiking

According to the NPCC 58 of 198 reports of drink spiking had been reported to the Metropolitan Police.

Jason Harwin, Deputy Chief Constable of the NPCC, stated that these reports were very concerning.

“We are working with law enforcement agencies like the NCA, forces and universities to understand the scale and to establish any links between the allegations. We will eventually bring any offenders to justice.”

Nottingham: 32 reports of spiked drinks and 15 of spiking involving needles in recent weeks

Three men were arrested for conspiring to give poison in connection with a string of reported Nottingham-based drink-spiking cases.

Nottinghamshire Police reported that the men aged 18 and 19 were arrested after receiving information about them from a member. The information was received on Wednesday from a member, following a general appeal from a senior officer.

According to the force, both were taken into custody on suspicion of conspiring to administer poison with intent injure, annoy, or aggrieve.

The arrests are not related to any specific allegation regarding spiking by needles or contamination of drinks.

The force stated in an update that both men were released after an investigation.

Nottinghamshire Police announced that it will increase the number of officers on its force to ensure that everyone has a safe night.  

After three reports that women were being injected at two nightclubs in the area within the last fortnight, a 20-year-old man was also taken into custody on suspicion of drug offenses and causing or administrating a poisonous substance.   

Police Scotland: Nine reports from Scotland of spikings. Eight were by injection.

 A spokesperson for Police Scotland stated that: “We are aware of posts floating on social media about spike incidents involving injections into Scotland.

‘Officers are making inquiries and some reports from the Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow areas are being investigated.

‘These don’t appear to be connected.

“We take all reports seriously, and we encourage anyone who suspects they have been the victim of spiking in some form to contact Police via 101.

Police West Midlands One report of a woman being ‘spiked by injection’ 

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘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. However, 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 onOctober 19.

Superintendent Diane Pownall stated that “Liverpool is awarded the Purple Flag status each year and is one the safest places in the UK. We know that people travel far and wide to take advantage of what is here, and we want that to continue.

“In April, we launched Operation Empower, our proactive policing response. Here, dedicated officers are tasked to identify potential perpetrators who exhibit signs of predatory behavior and disrupt those who pose a risk. 

“Officers are asked to be aware if there are any vulnerable individuals to ensure that all safeguarding concerns are addressed immediately.” 

South Wales Police: “A small number” of reports

Georgia Latham reported that her drink had been spiked. A South Wales Police spokesperson said: “We have received some reports from people who believe that this may have happened and these are currently under investigation.

“Our officers are working with licensed premises in order to alert them to spiking techniques and ask them to be extra vigilant.

“We take all reports seriously, and encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim to spiking in any way to contact us.”    

Piecing the night together, with the help of her friends, the mother- 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’. 

She wrote about her terrifying experience on social media: “After spending the last few day trying to piece it together (I still don’t have any memory), it appears it was more that just a silly fall and it appears, without doubt, that my drink was indeed spiked.

“From talking to my work mate and having fun dancing to the tune, to being on the ground in a heap after collapsing 30 minutes later. To somehow end up in a different area of Newcastle with a man who took money from my purse.

“I don’t know what happened between my fall and that point, but I have suffered a severe concussion and fractured ribs, swollen eyes socket, bruised and swelling arm and shoulder, and a lot of relief it wasn’t any worse.” 

A friend called her to describe her location and she was picked up in a taxi and taken home.

However, the mother of two woke up in severe pain the next morning and realized that she needed hospitalization.

Sunderland Royal Hospital performed tests and discovered that she had suffered a bump on her head, a fractured vertebra, and bruising down her shoulder. She also had a black eye.

Ms Beckwith claims that it was too late to run tests to determine if she was spiked.

The mother-of-2 has been recovering at home for the past four weeks, but she says she still experiences dizziness and headaches. 

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said that she received a report from a woman who was concerned that she had been spiked on Saturday, October 2nd.

“We have identified several lines of inquiry and an ongoing investigation at this time.”

They said, “We also work with our licensees and partners to ensure that the city remains one the safest places to go out at night.”

We encourage anyone who is concerned or feels they have been victim of spiking to get in touch.

“As a force, I will investigate any report we receive. We are committed to supporting victims and working with them.”   

Recent weeks have seen a dramatic increase in the number spiking cases.

Nightclubs and bars were boycotted, and protests took place in more than 40 universities across the UK.

Spiking injections, also known as needle spiking or needle spiking, are when an unsuspecting individual is injected with drugs via a needle.  

Nearly 200 reports of drink spikes were reported in the UK in September/October. Detectives are investigating claims that seven women were injected in Brighton while on holiday. A man was arrested for ‘administering an noxious substance’. 

Seven women claim they were injected in just seven days on nights out at two Sussex resorts. Six revellers said they were injected in Brighton city center, with another woman claiming she was spiked in Eastbourne.

 The National Police Chiefs’ Council said there have been 198 reports of spiking in September and October across various parts of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus 24 reports of some form of injection.

Last week, women across the UK protested and boycotted bars and clubs on October 27 in an effort to get venues to do more to prevent spiking. 

The ‘Girls Night In” movement will be held in many cities over the next two weeks amid reports of young women being spiked at nightclubs. Pryzm, a weekly Wednesday clubnight hosted by the Pryzm in Brighton, and Nottingham, showed its support for students. 

It came as a 22-year old student disclosed that he was robbed while on a night out at Popworld in Derby. A man, 29 was also charged by Manchester Police with rape and spiking in a bar.    

Police in Sussex arrested a third man Monday in connection to the attack on the drink-spiking and needle-spiking victims. 

The arrest of the 18-year-old Brighton man is part of a nationwide spiking epidemic that has prompted backlash by 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 Brighton was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of the same offence.

On Monday, a spokesperson for Sussex Police stated that an 18-year-old man from Brighton had been taken into custody in connection with the investigation into drink spiking within the city.

“He was taken into custody on suspicion of administering poison, noxious things with intent to injure or aggrieve.

It follows the arrests for the same offense of two men, a Hove-born 28-year-old and a Brighton-based 19-year old. Both men were released on bail, while investigations continue. 

A police spokesperson said that there were several recent reports of people feeling sick after nights out. Some found puncture marks or believed their drink had been altered.

‘Officers have increased patrols to protect the night-time business and have been working closely alongside licensed premises and partners to develop initiatives to keep people safe.

“These include unannounced license checks at venues, briefings before opening and targeted, visible patrols surrounding bars, clubs, and restaurants every night.

What do experts think about injection spiking reports? 

Is it possible?

Yes, and there are credible reports that people have woken up with spiked needle marks.

According to one medical expert, however, the likelihood that it will be a widespread phenomenon seems ‘deeply unlikely’. 

VICE News interviewed David Caldicott (an emergency medicine consultant) and founder of WEDINOS’ drug testing project WEDINOS. He said that it would be impossible to do this given the technical and medical knowledge needed. 

“It’s hard to stick a needle into someone without them being aware, especially if the needle has to be in there for a long enough time, maybe 20 seconds, in order to inject enough drugs to cause this.

Is it possible to give the injection so fast?

Yes, but it is true.Experts say that discreetly they would need a very powerful drug.

GHB, one of the most popular ‘date rape drugs’, can be self-administered by people in small doses.

Guy Jones, a senior scientist at the Loop drug charity, said that it would be a poor candidate for injection due to the large amount of fluid required. 

“It would therefore require a thick, painful needle. This would mean that the substance would need to be detected for several days during a toxicology screening.

Adam Winstock (Director of the Global Drug Survey) stated that there are not many drugs or medicines that can easily be administered intramuscularly in sufficient quantities that people would not notice the effects. 

“What you see on the screen is not what you get in reality.” People should keep their drinks close by them, avoid giving them to strangers, and be mindful of their friends.

Can drugs be given to any part?

Yes, but there are parts that are more effective than others.

VICE spoke with Mr Jones to say that while drugs can be injected intravenously, there is a set of injection sites that are not safe.

“The back is one of these undesirable sites due to its low fat-muscle content and high concentrations of pain receptors.

What about drink spiking

Injection spiking is still possible but drink spiking seems to be more common.

Drink spiking incidents in the UK rose by 108 percent between 2015 and 2018, with 179 incidents occurring in 2017. 

These are the only officially recorded numbers. They are likely to be higher because it is common for people to not report it to police.

Charity Drinkaware advises that you do not accept a drink from anyone you don’t know. If they aren’t available, buy drink stoppers online to top off your bottle. 

Gamma Hydroxybutyrate and Rohypnol, also known as Roofie, are the most well-known ‘date rape’ drugs.

Some recreational drugs, such as Ecstasy, Lysergic acid diethlamide (LSD), Ketamine or other ‘party-drugs,’ can be used to spike alcoholic drinks.