A young woman has today told of the ‘terrifying’ moment her vision began fading after allegedly being spiked with a needle on her first ever night out in a nightclub.
Charlotte Evans, 18, was on a night out with friends when suddenly she lost all feeling in her face and her arm felt ‘sore’.
The teenager, who was drinking with friends in Trilogy nightclub in Southampton, Hants, managed to get home safely.
However the next day Ms Evans, who works as a Wetherspoon’s bartender, lost her vision during her shift and couldn’t stand up.
Today, four days on from her Halloween night out, Miss Evans is still feeling dizzy.She also has a pin prick-type mark on the inside of her forearm.
Miss Evan’s account is latest in a string of reports of women being spiked with needles it nightclubs, instagram followers paypal following claims of injection spiking in Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Miss Evans, who had never been to a club before Sunday, said: ‘Right now, I am not going to go clubbing again – I’m terrified.
Charlotte Evans, 18, was on a Halloween night out with friends when suddenly she lost all feeling in her face and her arm felt ‘sore’
Four days on from her Halloween night out, Miss Evans is still feeling dizzy.She also has a pin prick-type mark on the inside of her forearm (pictured)
‘We were having a good time. I didn’t really have a lot to drink. Half way through the night at about 12am, my face felt numb and then my left arm was really sore.But I didn’t think anything of it. I had not drunk a lot at all.
‘All my friends were saying “you really did not drink a lot” but I still felt drunk the next morning.
‘I didn’t feel anything; I didn’t feel the needle go in. I was never by myself, I was near my friends and I would never put myself in that kind of danger.’
Despite Miss Evans being with friends the entire time, she thinks she was pricked by a needle and can see a mark on her arm.
She continued: ‘Half way through my shift the next day, I really did not feel well.I could not see, I could not stand straight.
‘I’m was waiting outside for my roommate to come and pick me up and I couldn’t stand up at all. I was full-on sitting on the floor. I just couldn’t see what I was doing and I was just really dizzy.
‘Eventually, I was literally laying on the floor.I went to A&E but after two or three hours of waiting I went home and reported it to the police.
Despite Miss Evans being with friends the entire time, she thinks she was pricked by a needle and can see a mark on her arm
Ms Evan’s account is latest in a string of reports of women being spiked with needles it nightclubs, following claims of injection spiking in Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester
‘There was a dodgy guy next to me [at the nightclub] and they think it could be him – the police have hours of CCTV to look through.
‘We were near him but then I tapped my friend on the shoulder and we all moved out the way.Apparently, another girl was spiked there and another was assaulted.’
Miss Evans thinks nightclubs have a responsibility to check ravers’ bags and pockets instead of the onus being on women and girls to wear thick clothing.
She said: ‘I think it’s absolutely disgusting – another girl was spiked in her stomach.How the hell are we meant to protect ourselves?
‘My advice to other girls would be never be by yourself, stick with friends.. Stay clear from everyone and if you think someone is acting suspicious tell the bouncers.
‘In general, I would like all clubs to do bag checks because this very easily could have been avoided.’
Police have confirmed an investigation is now underway.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We received a report at 1.29pm on Tuesday November 2 that an 18-year-old woman had been spiked with a needle at Trilogy night club on London Road, Southampton on Sunday 31 October.
‘This incident is currently under investigation and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.
‘We would like to reassure people that we are taking these crimes seriously.They can have devastating consequences and result in serious criminal charges.’
Ms Evans’ account comes as four women claimed they were ‘spiked’ by injection and hospitalised whilst on separate nights out over the Halloween weekend.
Amy-Jayne Cramb dressed up as Buzz Lightyear for a night out with her friends in Newcastle city centre on Saturday evening.
But the 23-year-old claims she ‘noticed a group of men acting strangely’ as she and her pals danced in the popular club, Jalou.
Ms Camb, who works as a health improvement practitioner, instantly went to the toilet and squeezed the wound (Pictured) before wrapping it in a hospital and going to the hospital
The 23-year-old claims she ‘noticed a group of men acting strangely’ as she and her pals danced in the popular club, Jalou
Ms Beckwith (Pictured) shows her black eye, as a referral from doctors at Sunderland Royal Hospital ran tests and found that she had suffered a bump to the head, a fractured rib, bruising down her shoulder and a black eye.
Teenager, Mia Robertson, 18, from Grimsby (Pictured Left) needed CPR and Maria Beckwith, 42, (Right) was left with a ‘fractured rib’ and ‘severe concussion’ after their drinks were reportedly spiked on separate nights out
Minutes later Ms Cramb said she spotted blood on her costume and ‘realised she had a needle prick on her hand.’