Police investigate 11 reports of women being spiked by injection in London

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At least 11 reports of spiking by injection in London bars and clubs in the past six weeks are being investigated by the Met, the Standard can reveal.

Detectives and City Hall have encouraged anyone who thinks they have been a victim or witness to spiking to come forward after the rise in cases.

One woman, who believes she was spiked in a bar in Sutton on November 6, described being “completely gone in a minute”.

She said: “The end of the night came, I could barely walk let alone talk. I woke up in the morning, couldn’t feel my left leg and it was rock hard and had what looked like a [needle] hole. I called 111 and was taken into hospital.”

She said doctors told her she was likely to have been injected with benzodiazepines, a class of psychoactive drugs that lowers brain activity and are often used as sedatives.

The Met told the Standard it has had at least “11 reports of needle spiking linked to licensed premises” in London since October 11. No arrests have been made.

Labour has called for a “wide ranging review” into the prevalence of spiking and how cases are handled by the justice system.

Last week MP for Lewisham West and Penge Ellie Reeves told the Commons: “Chilling reports of women being spiked by injection are just the latest example of the epidemic of violence that has left women and girls feeling unsafe.”

The Government said it is rolling out a number of pilot initiatives to to help keep women safe at venues, including a £5m safety of women at night fund and a £25m safer streets fund.

It follows a wave of reports of suspected needle spiking attacks in the UK from victims on nights out, including University of Nottingham student Sarah Buckle, 19.

In response, nightclubs in London are taking action, including XOYO in Islington which has begun offering urine and drinks testing.

Clubgoers can access the tests through an onsite medic.

Pryzm is enforcing new measures including extra staff training, more thorough searches and having a qualified first-aider on site.

City Hall said more than 600 London venues have signed the Mayor’s women’s night safety charter, which involves venues, operators, charities, councils and businesses working together to improve safety.

Night czar Amy Lamé said: “We want women, girls and everyone in London to be safe and to feel safe, whatever time of day or night.

“We are working closely with the police and partners to make London’s night-time venues a no-go-zone for perpetrators and those attempting to harm.”

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