Police receive nearly 300 'spiked by injection' reports in TWO MONTHS

Police receive nearly 300 ‘spiked by injection’ reports in TWO MONTHS after women boycotted clubs to demand improved safety measures

  • A total of 274 injection spiking reports between September and November 8 
  • Concerns over possible needle spiking in clubs were first raised in October 
  • The reports triggered protests across the country with nightclubs boycotted 

Nearly 300 spiked by injection reports have been recorded across the UK in the last two months alone, new figures have revealed.

The statistics from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) confirm fears that the new form of assault is sweeping the country.

Police forces across the UK were asked to tally up how many incidents involving ‘some form of injection’ have been reported.

A total of 274 were recorded between September and November 8, according to NationalWorld.

It comes after the Girls Night In movement in October saw women and men avoid going out to bars and clubs in Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol as they demanded better safety measures.

Chloe Madico, 20, from Woking said in October that she was spiked by a needle in Guildford Popworld 

Juliet McGeough shared a photo of a puncture wound in her back after she went to Revolution in Reading, Berkshire 

Dozens of local Instagram pages were created to spread the news of the Girls Night In campaign, with women from several university cities staying in, ‘spreading awareness and challenging clubs’ to keep people safe.

Boycotts took place in at least 40 cities including Bristol, Brighton, Bournemouth, Belfast, Nottingham and Southampton. 

The number of spiking cases reported between September and November 8 relates to reported incidents, which means they may not have been confirmed yet by the police and officially recorded as crimes. 

Concerns over possible needle spiking were first raised in October, although opinion is divided on how likely it is that needles are being widely used in place of drink spiking. 

Some spiking victims have reported feeling pinches on their arms in clubs and later developing bruises, prompting fears they had been assaulted with needles.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for drugs, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin, said police forces continue to work with pubs and clubs to increase searches and guidance to staff.

A crowd of people gathered in Manchester in October to protest in a bid to urge venues to do more to protect customers from being spiked

‘We are continuing to gather responses from all forces across the UK in relation to incidents involving some form of injection, with a total of 274 reports confirmed from the start of September into November,’ he said.

‘We will continue to analyse the reports and work with police forces, plus other law enforcement partners including the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs), as investigations develop to build a problem profile and determine any further action by police or venues.

‘We would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking, in any form, to contact their local police force. Any reports of spiking will be investigated and taken seriously.

‘You should try and report it to the police as quickly as possible to help officers carry out tests and gather the best evidence.’

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