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Spiking Scare Gardaí investigate after woman reportedly spiked with needle while socialising in Dublin

The young woman noticed 'physical bruising possibly caused by a needle prick'

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Gardaí are looking into reports of drinks being spiked in nightclubs (AP)

Gardaí are looking into reports of drinks being spiked in nightclubs (AP)

Gardaí are looking into reports of drinks being spiked in nightclubs (AP)

Gardaí are investigating an incident where a woman was reportedly spiked with a needle in Dublin earlier this week.

There has been an increase in cases of drink and needle spiking in bars and nightclubs as the country’s nightlife reopens, and gardaí are asking victims to come forward and report these assaults as soon as possible.

Gardaí in Store Street are now looking into a report from a young woman in relation to an alleged spiking incident, where she noticed “physical bruising possibly caused by a needle prick.”

A garda spokesperson said: “An Garda Síochána in Store Street are investigating a report from a female in relation to an alleged assault.

“The nature of the incident is that the female became disorientated whilst socialising in a licensed premises and discovered the following morning physical bruising possibly caused by a needle prick.

“The injured party in this case was supported by friends and brought home safely on the night and subsequently received medical treatment. An Garda Síochána continue to liaise with and support the injured party.

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

“Any incident of this type of crime (assault/sexual assault) including those with evidence to suggest a link with ‘spiking’ will be investigated by either local Gardaí supported by or attached to Divisional Proactive Services Units.”

The spokesperson added that “any victims of similar incidents or any form of ‘drug spiking’ to come forward and report such incidents to local Gardaí.”

It comes after reports emerged that at least six Munster Technological University (MTU) students were spiked with drugs earlier this month.

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

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

The students, both male and female, who have all since recovered, complained of feeling disorientated and ill.

The complaints all related to the same night and the same venue.

The students reported the incidents to the welfare office of the Tralee MTU campus which prompted the Students’ Union to mount a special awareness campaign in which lollipops were placed in peoples’ drinks at various events to show just how easy it is to spike a drink.

“Our first and second years have probably never stepped foot in a nightclub in a normal environment so just to give them the awareness because the last the last thing we want to do is victim blame,” said SU President Chris Clifford.

Advice on drink spiking and related issues can be found here.

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