Police are investigating reports of nightclub-goers being “physically spiked” by a pinprick on the leg, in addition to having something slipped into their drink.
Nottinghamshire Police said it has received reports from people describing how they became “very unwell” after developing a scratching sensation “as if someone may have spiked them physically”.
Linked to this, the force said it was investigating “reports of individuals suspecting their drinks have been spiked”.
'Sharp, agonising pain'
Zara Owen, a Nottingham University student studying modern language, French and Spanish, told police she experienced a blackout and woke to find a pinprick on her leg, where she appeared to have been spiked.
The incident occurred in a Nottingham nightclub on September 11.
Ms Owen said she woke up the next morning with “almost zero recollection from that night” and with a “sharp, agonising pain” in her leg.
She said that she realised she had been spiked after examining her leg and finding a “tiny pinprick”.
“That solidified my thought that I had been spiked,” she said. “I reported it to the police and they told me to get a blood test as soon as possible.”
Police study CCTV at venues
Superintendent Kathryn Craner, of Nottinghamshire Police, told Sky News: “We have a dedicated group of officers carrying out CCTV enquiries at various venues where we have received such reports.
“We do not believe that these are targeted incidents. They are distinctly different from anything we have seen previously, as victims have disclosed a physical scratch type sensation before feeling very unwell.
“We have recently arrested and conditionally bailed a local male as part of our investigations, which continue.”
A Police Scotland spokesman also told The Telegraph that the force had “received a report” of an individual spiked with an injection and enquiries were at an early stage.
Larissa Kennedy, the UK president of the National Union of Students, said the reports were “absolutely disgusting” and called for “trauma-centred support” for those affected.
She told The Telegraph: “It’s absolutely disgusting that in the past few days a number of students have reported instances of women being spiked by injections on nights out.”