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Student collapsed in A&E waiting room after needle spiking at nightclub

Amy Taylor said her legs felt ‘fuzzy’ and her arm was bruised while she started feeling unconscious. The alleged incident happened at Fab ‘N’ Halloween Guild of Students club night on October 30

A university student said she collapsed in an A&E waiting room after being allegedly spiked by injection at a nightclub.

Amy Taylor said her legs felt “fuzzy” and her arm was bruised while she started feeling unconscious.

The alleged incident happened at Fab ‘N’ Halloween Guild of Students club night on October 30, Birmingham Live reports.

The third-year human biology student said she noticed a “puncture wound” on her arm after being helped into an Uber to A&E.

She claimed she was spiked at the end of the night, between 2.30am and 3am.

Amy told The Birmingham Tab : “I started feeling a throbbing in my right arm and looked down to see a weird-looking bruise, but ignored it and thought I was overreacting.

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The student said she noticed a bruise on her arm
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“My legs started feeling fuzzy and my teeth started chattering and although I had drunken a lot that night, I have never acted like that when I’ve been drunk before.

“My eyes started rolling back into my head and I started drifting in and out.”

She said she was taken to the “chill-out room” at the club after staff were alerted that she could not feel her legs or walk properly.

Amy said her friends were advised to take her to the hospital and, while in the waiting room, she collapsed and was taken into resuscitation.



Amy attended a party with her friends when the alleged incident happened
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She explained: “Here, the hospital staff looked after me, monitored my blood pressure and took ECGs to observe me and check I was okay.

“They also took a urine and blood sample for toxicology and said my pupils were very dilated.

“They also found a puncture mark in the bruise on my arm. Once I was feeling better they gave me a Hepatitis B jab and discharged me with my friend to go home and advised me to call the police.”

She has since reported the alleged incident to West Midlands Police and contacted the Birmingham Guild of Students.



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Amy said: “The police were very matter of fact about it – they came to the house the morning after to ask questions, take a picture of the outfit I was wearing to track me on CCTV, and take another urine sample.

“The Guild have actually been really helpful – they’ve been calling me to check up on how I’m feeling and offer support.

“They’ve been keeping me in the loop with their plans for how they’re going to make Fab (‘N’ Fresh) and Sports Night safer in the future.”

Following the incident, Amy said she will avoid going out for some time and be more aware of her surroundings when out and about.

However, she said she is grateful for the help her friends have given her.







Police forces around the UK have received a growing number of reports of people being spiked in bars and nightclubs around the country, with some allegedly being targeted with needle injections.

West Midlands Police previously revealed it was investigating ten spiking by injection reports from Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and Wolverhampton from a single week between October 18 – 26.

On Tuesday, Sussex Police announced they made two arrests in connection with an incident of “needle sticking and drink spiking”.


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