After GHP on drinks and injections: A wave of college girls witnesses through careless doping in nightclubs in the United Kingdom, where police have seized more than 100 cases and made the first arrests.
The practice of adding drugs to a victim’s drink has been known for many years. But in recent days, many young women and some young people have condemned attacks using hypodermic needles in bars or nightclubs, which has caused fear in the UK.
Evidence has mushroomed after two Nottingham University students spoke to the British media about their needle marks and wounds on their skin.
Zara Owen, a newcomer, described waking up after a night out with vague memories and sharp pain in her leg, where she saw a stab.
Sarah Buckle, a second-grader, was taken to hospital by her friends after she collapsed suddenly at night. She found a wound on her hand with a dark mark in the center she showed on Channel 4 News.
Since September, British police say they have received information about 140 incidents involving drugs and 24 injections.
Jason Harvin, deputy head of the police, who heads the Narcotics Division within the Coordinating Federation of Various Police Agencies (NPCC), said: “It is clear that these reports are very worrying.
According to him, the NPCC is working “at a constant pace” to “understand the scale of the crime”, to make any connection between these allegations and to bring those responsible to justice.
Police in Nottinghamshire, north of England, said on Friday they had arrested two people as part of an investigation into incidents of “needle sticks” in the city.
The law enforcement said the 18- and 19-year-olds were suspected of planning to give the drug “with the intent of harming, annoying or hurting them.”
In neighboring Lincolnshire, police arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of possession of drugs early in the morning after enlisting the help of nightclub staff. But without involving a needle.
So far this month, Nottinghamshire Police have received 15 reports of 15 suspected injection injuries from 14 women and one man, and 32 reports of drug administration since the beginning of September.
This is about the rest of the UK. Devon and Cornwall police say they are investigating an “incident in which a woman was stabbed with a needle” at an Exeter nightclub. A case has also been reported in the West Midlands.
The wave of protests comes just months after the high-profile deaths of two young women on the streets of the capital that have created significant sentiment in the UK and re-ignited the debate over the safety of women in public.
Sarah Evard, 33, of London, was attacked in the middle of the street and later killed by a police officer on her way home in early March. Sabina Nessa, a 28-year-old teacher, went missing on September 17 when she left her home and went to a bar five minutes away. His body was hidden under a pile of leaves in a park the next day.
Against this new threat to their safety, students and their boyfriends are constantly preparing to boycott nightclubs and bars and refuse to go out on a pre-determined evening in every city seeking better security.
More than 163,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to make it mandatory for customers to fully search the entrances of nightclubs.
The parliamentary committee in charge of internal affairs examined the victims’ testimony on Wednesday, and its chairman, Yvette Cooper, described the injection attacks as “disgraceful crimes.”
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