An 18-year-old woman returned from a night out at The Beach nightclub in Birkenhead, Merseyside after feeling unwell and when home collapsed before having seizures that threw her body into violent spasms
An 18-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after a suspected needle spiking at a nightclub that left her unable to walk.
The woman was rushed to hospital and sedated after collapsing on her bathroom floor and having a “frightening” seizure, her mum said.
The mum, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Liverpool Echo : “She was out with her friends and her step sister at The Beach in Birkenhead.
“She was happy, she’d only had three drinks, dancing on the dance floor and then she said to her step sister I don’t feel very well, let’s go outside and have a fag.
“They went outside. After about five minutes she felt okay so she came back in.
“Minutes later she wasn’t great and said let’s go home. She was blacking out.
“By the time she got in she was completely gone. She lost the ability to walk. She got home and went to the toilet and her stepmother heard her fall in the bathroom.
“She went in to see her and her whole body was spasming. She was having seizures, she didn’t know where she was, she didn’t know who she was.
“Her step mum had to get her dressed and they rushed her to hospital.
“They had to sedate her as her heart rate was absolutely horrific. She was frightened and really scared.”
The teen was kept in over night and provided a statement for police, her mum said.
Her mum shared an image of the 18-year-old’s arm thought to show bruising from a needle prick.
The mum said: “She’s had to go to the doctors today to start the hepatitis C and the HIV drugs for the next 30 days.
She added: “You can send your child out, they put balloons over their glasses so nobody can spike it.
“You’ve got straws that tell you if something’s funny in the drink, but how can you stop somebody bumping into you and putting a needle in?
“It is absolutely horrific and all I can say is thank god the girls all stayed together and didn’t leave her.”
A spokesperson for The Beach nightclub said: “We would like to personally reassure our customers that we are taking the appropriate action to ensure that they are in a safe environment upon entering our premises.
“We have been in contact with the police and are assisting them with their enquires.”
Detective Superintendent for Crime Investigation Matt Smith said: “We can confirm that an investigation is being carried out regarding an incident of alleged spiking at The Beach in Birkenhead and enquiries are ongoing.
“We understand incidents such as this can cause alarm and currently there is heightened media interest in this issue, which is making people anxious, and as a result we have established a dedicated investigation team to provide support to potential victims.
“All reports of this nature are being extensively investigated with officers examining CCTV, speaking to victims and potential witnesses, and looking into medical evidence
Report any crime by calling 101 or via website: www.merseysidepolice.uk.