Two teenagers have shared their alarming story on how they believe they were ‘spiked’ recently and how it has shifted their views about going on nights out. Elle Vickers of Cheadle and Ellen Baldwin from Surrey, who both attend Keele University, ended the evening of February 12 in A&E after visiting Fiction night club in Hanley.
Two teenagers have shared their alarming story on how they believe they were ‘spiked’ recently and how it has shifted their views about going on nights out.
Elle Vickers of Cheadle and Ellen Baldwin from Surrey, who both attend Keele University, ended the evening of February 12 in A&E after visiting Fiction night club in Hanley.
The two friends had drinks at their flat before visiting the club at around 1.30am, where they started to feel unwell once inside.
“The only thing I can remember from this is lights flashing in my eyes,” she told the Times & Echo.
“My friends told me that about 15 minutes after me and Ellen visited the bar, I fell to the dance floor as if I was sitting on a chair that wasn’t there and that I would not stop crying and saying ‘I want to escape’.
“This is not me on a usual night out as I would not usually cry or fall.”
She added: “After I had left, Ellen apparently started falling too and acting unusual which is when the group we were with asked for help from the police, who took her to the hospital.”
The day after, both Ellen, 19, and Elle, 18, woke to find odd marks on their bodies.
Elle continued: “The next morning I woke up in my friend’s flat on the opposite side of campus to my uni accommodation to find scratches and bruises all over me along with the injection points on the back of my right thigh and scratches in between my thighs, as well as bruises in the roof of my mouth.
“Ellen also found the injection points in the exact same place on her body.”
Elle explained how the incident has shaken her and her friend to the point where they no longer feel at ease going on nights out again within the near future.
“We are totally in shock and it feels so surreal,” she said. “Neither me nor Ellen feel safe to go out to a club at this current time.”
Ellen revealed that she has tried to ease back into evening socialising once again but found her initial experience unsettling.
She said: “When I walked in, I immediately felt anxious. I was so close to having a panic attack, I just wanted to cry.
“I then sat in the corner of a booth the entire night because that was the only place I felt slightly safe.
“I wouldn’t go back to a club for a while now as I didn’t really enjoy my experience.
“I don’t feel comfortable drinking in any public place for a while, as soon I drink I feel vulnerable.”
Both Elle and Ellen wanted to share a warning with those who want to still enjoy nightlife but also take that extra bit of care.
Elle said: “Go out in groups and stay in the group at all times, even if you are just going to get a drink.
“If you’re wearing a dress perhaps tie a jacket around your waist as some form of protection.
“But if it does happen to you, do not allow yourself to be refused help.”
Ellen added: “Always be with someone who is less drunk than you so they can be aware of your surroundings if you’re not able to.
“Just to always be aware of everything and everyone around you. I just hope that people will be more cautious.”
A spokesperson for Fiction nightclub told the Times & Echo: “We work hard to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment so that all our guests can enjoy a fun night out and will do everything we can to protect this right.
“While there have been no proven cases of injection spiking in Hanley, as a responsible late night operator, we take all reports of this nature very seriously.
“Our teams are fully trained on the issue and have the support of our onsite medics, we operate our ‘We Care’ policy and support the ‘Ask Angela’ scheme.
“We are offering anti-spiking devices to all of our guests and operate 100 per cent searches on entry.”
They added: “We also have extensive CCTV coverage throughout the venue and security teams wear bodycams and will pass on footage to the Police to help with any investigation.
“We would encourage anyone who sees suspicious behaviour, or suspects they have been a victim, to seek immediate assistance from a member of staff or security, who are trained to help and who also have the support of our onsite first aiders.
“We would also encourage them to contact police and seek medical advice, so that any allegation can be properly investigated.”
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Drugs, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin, said: “We would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking, in any form, to contact their local police force. Reports of spiking will be investigated and taken seriously.
“You should try and report it to police as quickly as possible to help officers carry out tests and gather the best evidence.
“Criminal activity can also be reported anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 08005 55111.”
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