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New spike scare Gardai in Kerry investigate alleged 'needle spiking' of woman in Tralee

Gardaí say they are continuing to investigate to determine the exact circumstances of the incident

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Gardai are investigating the suspected spiking of a woman in Tralee

Gardai are investigating the suspected spiking of a woman in Tralee

Gardai are investigating the suspected spiking of a woman in Tralee

Gardai in Kerry are investigating the alleged spiking of a woman in Tralee that may have involved a drug being administered by a needle. 

Local officers are appealing to any other victims of similar incidents to come forward.

It follows an incident involving a woman who became disorientated that was possibly caused by a drug administered by a needle prick.

In a statement to Radio Kerry News, gardaí said they are continuing to investigate to determine the exact circumstances of the incident.

Gardaí have not disclosed the location where the alleged assault occurred or when it happened.

The statement says no further specific details can be provided until further detailed analysis is done.

Gardaí are advising any victims of similar incidents or any form of 'drug spiking' to come forward and report such incidents.

Investigations are then carried out by local gardai supported by or attached to Divisional Proactive Services Units.

Last week, it was reported how gardai were investigating the suspected spiking of a woman with a needle in Dublin.

An increase in cases of drink and needle spiking in bars and nightclubs has been reported following the reopening of the country’s nightlife.

Gardaí in Store Street have been investigating 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.

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“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 last 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.

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.

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