A Conservative minister has called on Priti Patel to enforce tougher measures to protect women from a national ‘spiking epidemic’ after revealing she found evidence someone had tampered with her drink during a night out.
Mims Davies, 46, explained she ‘had to be carried home’ after finding an unidentifiable black substance in her glass while out drinking with friends in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, two years ago.
Mrs Davies, MP for Mid Sussex, ‘blacked out’ after the event and admitted she still doesn’t know anything about the dark substance she discarded on the floor that night.
The Tory MP says she has written directly to Home Secretary Priti Patel in a bid to see tougher action taken on the ‘spiking epidemic’.
The latest incident comes as police investigate the scale of the UK’s so-called ‘spiking epidemic’ amid a rise in claims that women have been drugged at nightclubs, bars and late-night venues using needles to inject ‘date-rape’ drugs.
Mims Davies, 46, explained she ‘had to be carried home’ after finding an unidentifiable black substance in her glass while out drinking with friends in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, two years ago
Mrs Davies has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel (above) and said further restrictions should be put in place to prevent would-be spikers from being able to easily access drink-tampering products online
The employment minister told the BBC she thought little of the fact she had pulled ‘something black’ from her drink and threw it on the floor.
‘It was only later on I thought: “Blimey, what was that?”, she explained.
Mrs Davies said further restrictions should be put in place to prevent would-be spikers from being able to easily access drink-tampering products online.
‘What on earth is in those products? Who’s buying them and who’s sourcing them?,’ she asked.
‘There’s more to this than meets the eye.’
Those found guilty of drink spiking offences in England and Wales face the prospect of up to 10 years behind bars.
This year, Britain’s nightlife venues were rocked by an avalanche of accusations that young people, particularly women, were being spiked by injection and having their drinks tampered with.
Hundreds of clubbers came forward to share their experiences of having drinks tampered with and even being injected with unknown substances while partying with friends.
Those horrifying claims led to new measures being put in place at nightclubs, bars and pubs across the country, including cup covers, more thorough searches by security and drinks-testing equipment being used in a pilot.
This year, Britain’s nightlife venues were rocked by an avalanche of accusations that young people, particularly women, were being spiked by injection and having their drinks tampered with
Students ditched their favourite venues in protest during a nationwide movement known as Girls Night In which saw thousands boycott bars and clubs across England. Pictured: Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham joined hundreds of protestors in Manchester city centre
A petition launched last month to make it a legal requirement for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests on entry has already gained more than 170,000 signatures
Students ditched their favourite venues in protest during a nationwide movement known as Girls Night In which saw thousands boycott bars and clubs across England.
It comes as nearly 300 spiked by injection reports have been recorded across the UK in the last two months alone, new figures have revealed.
The statistics from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) confirm fears that the new form of assault is sweeping the country, after 274 reports were lodged with local police forces between September and November 8.
Earlier this month, the industry body for nightclubs called for an urgent inquiry into the wider issue of spiking.
Juliet McGeough shared a photo of a puncture wound in her back after she went to Revolution in Reading, Berkshire
Chloe Madico, 20, from Woking said in October that she was spiked by a needle in Guildford Popworld
Ilana El-baz, 20, (pictured) was spiked in a Bristol nightclub. In the full recording, filmed by her boyfriend, the University of Bristol undergraduate can be seen struggling to get up the stairs
They urged the Home Office to look at Devon and Cornwall Police, who have recently launched a drink spiking testing pilot using on-site testing to allow people to get their drinks tested.
Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said: ‘The NTIA are very concerned to learn about the reported increase in the number of spiking incidents taking place across the country.
‘We support all those coming forward to speak about their experiences. It goes without saying that everyone should be able to enjoy a night out without fearing for their own safety, and we are saddened to hear that some don’t feel this way.
‘There is a lot that we as a sector are already doing to try to tackle drink spiking.
‘In response to recent reports, operators across the country have been working with the police, local authorities and key stakeholders, focusing on safeguarding customers, particularly women, at night.’