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Student in Nottingham Welcomes the MP Report on Spiking

A student who spoke before MPs about getting drugged at a nightclub has praised the findings.

Many victims did not report their crimes to the police because they were afraid they would not be treated seriously, according to the Home Affairs Committee.

Zara Owen told the committee that immediately after arriving at a Nottingham club in October, she passed out.

She praised the study and expressed her hope that it will raise awareness about spiking.

Ms Owen, who is a student at the University of Nottingham studying French and Spanish, claimed the next thing she recalled after blacking out was waking up in bed the next day with a hurting leg and a pin prick from an apparent injection.

She finally realized she had been drugged after seeing an Instagram story about someone who had experienced something similar.

She spoke to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee in January, saying the “cruel and horrific” crime was carried out for “comedic effect.”

Most spiking victims were disregarded as having “one too many drinks,” according to the committee, and many people did not disclose being spiked for fear of not being taken seriously.

Ms Owen praised the committee’s conclusions and expressed her hope that they would raise awareness of the problem among law enforcement and the general public.

Nottinghamshire, along with Merseyside, Avon and Somerset, and Sussex, was named as one of the hotspots for needle spiking in the research.

She remarked, “I’m extremely impressed this is all happening.” “I’m glad they’re considering enacting a particular legislation to fight spiking.

“I was surprised to learn that it was not a criminal offense when it happened to me. Someone stated to me that if something bad occurs to you as a result of being spiked, someone may be arrested, but spiking someone wasn’t necessarily unlawful.

“Hopefully, this will raise a lot more awareness, resulting in more people reporting it, as well as someone thinking twice before spiking.”

Ms Owen also praised the MPs’ suggestions, which included a high-profile media campaign, greater bar staff training, and police offering tests to possible victims.

“I was lucky in that I wasn’t really unwell,” she claimed, “aside from blacking out and having an incredibly painful leg.”

“However, some are not so fortunate and wind up in the hospital.” You’re desperate to find out what’s happened to you.

“Having the ability to swiftly test for it would be fantastic, and perhaps that could be implemented in pubs and clubs.”

The Home Office is debating whether a new spiking offense should be created. This was well received by the committee, who requested a written update in six months.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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