Drinking dosage: Men arrested in Sussex on suspicion of doping with drinks and injections

Two men were arrested in Sussex on suspicion of doping by injection and in drinks during night outings.

A number of women, including some who have found puncture marks on their bodies, have recently reported not feeling well during or after nightlife in East Sussex.

A 28-year-old man from Hove was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of administering poison with intent to injure.

A 19-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of the same offense.

The two have been released on bail as investigations continue, according to a Sussex Police spokesperson.

He said: “Police have received a number of recent reports that people do not feel well during or after night outings, with some finding puncture marks on their bodies or believing their drink has been tampered with.

“Officers have increased patrols as part of their ongoing work in policing the nighttime economy and have worked closely with partners and licensed locals on initiatives to keep people safe.

“These include unannounced license checks at sites, briefings with security personnel before opening, and targeted and visible patrols around bars, clubs and restaurants every night of the week. ”

Chief Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw, Division Commander for Brighton and Hove, said: “We continue to work tirelessly to investigate these disturbing reports and will do everything in our power to catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

“Please be assured that we take all reports very seriously and ask anyone who believes they have been a victim to notify the police or bar staff as soon as possible so that they can be tested before any potential drugs leave. its system and evidence can be gathered. ”

There have been an increase in cases of alcohol and needle use in bars and nightclubs across the UK recently and here in Ireland as the country’s nightlife reopens.

Last week it was revealed that Gardaí was investigating an incident in which a woman was allegedly pricked with a needle in Dublin.

Gardaí, in Store Street, is currently reviewing a report from a young woman regarding an alleged doping incident, where she noticed “physical bruising possibly caused by a needle stick”.

A Garda spokesperson said: “A Store Street Garda Síochána is investigating a report by a woman of an alleged assault.

“The nature of the incident is that the woman became disoriented while socializing in a licensed facility and discovered physical bruising the next morning probably caused by a needle stick.

“The injured party in this case was supported by friends and taken home safely at night and subsequently received medical treatment. An Garda Síochána continues to provide liaison and support to the injured party.

“An Garda Síochána continues to investigate to determine the exact circumstances of this incident.

“Any incident of this type of crime (assault / sexual assault), including those whose evidence suggests a link to ‘doping’, will be investigated by the local Gardaí supported or attached to proactive service units divisional. ”

The spokesperson added that “any victim of similar incidents or of any form of ‘drug doping’ must come forward and report such incidents to the local guard”.

It comes after reports revealed that at least six students from the Technological University of Munster (MTU) were doped with drugs earlier this month.

They each contacted the MTU Student Union (SU) separately to report that their drinks had been increased, but all said they suddenly felt extremely weak and very sick.

This despite the fact that everyone insisted that they had only drunk a small amount of alcohol.

Students, men and women, who have all recovered since, complained of feeling disoriented and sick.

The complaints were all about the same night and the same place.

Students reported the incidents to the Tralee MTU campus welfare office, prompting the Students’ Union to hold a special awareness campaign in which lollipops were placed in people’s drinks at various events. to show how easy it is to have a drink.

“Our first and second years have probably never set foot in a nightclub in a normal environment, so just to make them aware because the last thing we want to do is blame the victim,” said the League president Chris Clifford.

Across the UK there have been a series of reports of drugged women at a party.

Student groups are now calling on people to boycott nightclubs to ensure “the peak epidemic is taken seriously.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel asked for an update and a Home Ministry source said: “This is absolutely awful. We have asked for a police update on this and we encourage anyone to report this behavior to the police. ”

Superintendent Kathryn Craner of Nottinghamshire Police said the force was investigating reports of people suspecting their drinks had been spiked.

“A small number of victims said they may have felt a scratching sensation as if someone had physically pricked them,” Superintendent Craner said.

“We don’t think these are targeted incidents; they are markedly different from anything we have seen before, as the victims revealed a physical scratch-like sensation before feeling very bad,” a- she added.

“It’s subtly different from feelings of alcohol poisoning according to some victims.”

Police in Northern Ireland also confirmed that police were called to Foyle Street on October 16 after a teenage girl believed her drinks had been spiked and was taken to hospital.

The force said it was also aware of a related social media article claiming that “several people saw their drinks increase in the city over the weekend.”

Scottish police have confirmed they are aware of social media posts about doping incidents involving injections and that officers are investigating.

He added that a small number of reports from the Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow areas are under investigation but do not appear to be related.

The recent spate of cases has sparked a huge student movement calling on people to boycott nightclubs.

A campaign first launched in Edinburgh, called Girls Night In, now has at least 25 student-led groups based in college towns.

One, called Girls Night In Nottingham, called on people to boycott nightclubs on October 27 to ensure that “the peaks epidemic is taken seriously.

Universities said they were working with bars and police to keep students safe after the reports.

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