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Instances of spiking have also been reported recently in Munster, Scotland and England

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There have been nine cases of suspected spiking in Kerry in the last month alone

There have been nine cases of suspected spiking in Kerry in the last month alone

There have been nine cases of suspected spiking in Kerry in the last month alone

University of Ulster students in Derry say their drinks were spiked in the last week.

Three students have reported the incidents to university authorities.

The PSNI have since appealed to those who believe they may have had their drinks spiked to contact them.

The news comes as it has emerged six students at Munster Technological University reported they had their drinks spiked last week during ‘freshers week’.

Singer Imelda May also recently spoke of how she had to come to the aid of a woman who had been spiked.

An MLA has asked hospitality staff in the city to remain vigilant as reports in England emerged of women being spiked by needles.

Sinead McLaughlin of the SDLP said her office is aware of the situation and is to meet with the PSNI tomorrow regarding the situation.

She added: “This is extremely concerning and this must be taken very seriously.

“It is also worrying to hear reports from England that there have been incidents where women have been injected with drugs, by being jagged in the back of the neck or leg.”

She added: “Bouncers and bar staff need to be aware of these risks, keep an eye for this happening and ensure that any person who has been affected in this way is taken to a place of safety.”

Reports of multiple spiking incidents have recently emerged in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and in Nottingham, England.

In some instances the victims have been sexually assaulted after being injected.

The PSNI has received six reports of spiking incidents since January.

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They also revealed one teenage girl was hospitalised in recent weeks after she says her drink was spiked in the Derry area.

The MLA also said she has called on the Justice Minister Naomi Long to review legislation in regards to drink spiking.

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