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 out on Halloween night with friends when suddenly her face and arm began to ache.
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.
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 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. 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 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 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 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.
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.
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-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
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.
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.