Two teenagers arrested for 'conspiracy to poison' after string of women spiked in nightclubs

TWO teenagers have been arrested after a string of women reported being "spiked" in nightclubs.

An 18 and 19-year-old remain in custody after Nottingham Police arrested them on suspicion of conspiracy to administer poison with intent to injure, annoy or aggrieve, the force said.

Women across the country report blacking out, vomiting and not being able to remember anything.

Some girls woke up with bruises or pin pricks on their bodies, as it's feared the toxin may have been administered via a needle.

It comes as a 35-year-old man was arrested in Lincolnshire as part of an investigation into an attempted drink spiking at a nightclub.

The suspected offence in Lincolnshire "doesn't involve a needle", police said.

The Nottinghamshire arrests were made following a number of enquiries, including reviewing CCTV footage and officers working closely with venues in Nottingham, police said.

Superintendent Kathryn Craner, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "These two arrests come after a plea from myself and the force for people to come forward and report any incidents to us.

"We have now arrested two men this morning (22 October) on suspicion of conspiracy to administer poison and both are still in custody as our enquires continue.

"I would like to reiterate that these arrests have not been made in connection with a specific case or incident reported to us over the last few weeks of both drink spiking and spiking by a needle."

She added: "It is really important that people carry on reporting any incidents of spiking to us as quickly as possible over the coming days and the weekends.

"I also want to reassure people that as a force we are placing a lot of resources into these inquiries and continuing to thoroughly investigate every report made to us.

"The force has teamed up with its partners and licensed premises across the city meaning a vast amount of resources are being used to investigate any reports.

"This weekend premises across the city will also be carrying out more checks and searches for anyone entering their venues.

"This may cause some delays in entering but is ultimately necessary to ensure the safety of those on a night out."

Women across the UK will boycott nightclubs following the terrifying string of incidents.


Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered an urgent update from police on the spiking "epidemic" following the repeated reports.

One student told how she started to vomit and almost collapsed on a night out before finding a pin prick on her hand and later had no recollection of the evening.

Sarah Buckle, 19, had been out on Freshers Week with pals when her hand started to throb and was later rushed to hospital.

She told of her "shock" and "disgust" at realising she had most likely been spiked with an injection as she partied with pals.

"I knew I had clearly been spiked but it would have never occurred to me it was via injection if my hand wasn't throbbing. I thought how? I never take a drink away from the bar.

"You think spiking is to do with your drink, you don't think something would go into your body."

Another 19-year-old University of Nottingham student shared an almost identical story about being spiked with an injection.

Zara Owen had been out with friends at Pryzm nightclub on October 11 and can only recall the moment she entered the club and went to the bar.

The teen believes she may have been spiked after she suffered complete memory loss and a pain in her leg which she believes may have been from being injected by a needle.

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said he was "very concerned" about the flood of reports and called on the Home Office to work with the industry to tackle the problem.

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