Zara Owen has said she was spiked by a needle after she forgot an entire evening while at Pryzm nightclub on Lower Parliament Street. The 19-year-old University of Nottingham student said entering the club is the last thing she remembers before waking up the next day with severe pain in her leg. Nottinghamshire police are investigating the reports.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Ms Owen said: “As a young person who is at university, I’m hearing stories of people who have been to nightclubs and they have been injected.
“I have heard stories of someone having it through their hand or through their back.
“I’ve been aware of this post that’s been going around on Instagram stories of someone who had been injected in her back.
“It gave some indication that it did happen to me.”
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Superintendent Kathryn Craner added: “It’s awful to hear of anyone who has been enjoying an evening in Nottingham city centre and then be a victim of crime.
“Over the last few months, we have seen an increase in reports where people believe that drugs may have been put in their drink when they’ve experienced a very different feeling to their normal reaction to alcohol.
“But we’ve also received a small number of reports where this has been associated with a pain or a mark on a part of their body or scratching sensation as though they have been physically spiked.”
A spokesperson for Pryzm Nottingham said: “We take all allegations of this nature seriously. The safety and welfare of our guests is our number one priority and we do everything we can to create a safe and fun night out.
“We urge anyone who sees suspicious behaviour, or suspects they have been a victim of spiking, to seek assistance immediately from a member of staff or security, who are trained to help and who also have the support of our on-site medic.
“We would also encourage them to contact police, so that any allegation can be properly investigated.”
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