A young student is being tested for hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV after allegedly being needle-spiked while queuing for a nightclub.
The 18-year-old, who asked not to be named, was waiting in a long line to get into Baa Bar, on Fleet Street, in Liverpool city centre shortly after midnight on October 19, when she suddenly felt unwell.
As she left the queue and stood to the side to be sick, the first year University of Liverpool student said she lost the use of her legs.
She was carried part way home by her friend before they got into a taxi together, but it wasn't until the next morning that she realised what had happened.
The woman told the Liverpool ECHO: "We were queuing up outside and suddenly I was like 'I'm going to be sick.' I went over to the side and started throwing up.
"My friend told me I was flopping over, I couldn't use my legs, I couldn't really speak.
"I can remember throwing up and I can remember my friend lifting me up and carrying me home.
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"The next day I felt something weird on my back and got my flat mate to look."
In a photo, seen by the ECHO, a red mark can be seen on the woman's back, which she suspects is where she was injected.
She said: "It was very scary, I was crying on the phone to my mum."
The 18-year-old called her doctor that morning and was told to go straight to A&E.
She has since been referred for blood tests at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, including screening for hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV.
Merseyside Police said an investigation is now underway and CCTV, witness and medical enquiries are in the process of being carried out.
A Baa Bar spokesperson said the venue is aware of the incident and has provided footage to the police to help with their investigation.
Before she went out that night, the woman said she had been sharing a bottle of vodka with her friend and they had both "had the exact same amount of drinks."
The woman said she hadn't been anywhere else in the city centre and her back was exposed in the outfit she was wearing.
The woman added: "It was so crowded [in the queue], we were talking to everyone - people in front and behind.
"I must have been injected. There's no way I would have acted like that unless I was spiked.
"I've never felt like that before. I just couldn't use my legs. I was flopping over, my head was flopping.
"I kept wanting to close my eyes and black out but my friends wouldn't let me."
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: "We are investigating after an 18 year-old woman reported she was injected in the back in Liverpool city centre.
"Just after midnight on Tuesday 19 October the woman said she was in a queue outside a bar on Wood Street in Liverpool city centre when she began to feel unwell and her legs gave way. She returned home with a friend in a taxi.
"The woman reported that she had a red mark on her back.
"An investigation is underway and CCTV, witness and medical enquiries are in the process of being carried out.
"Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 21000731288."
A Baa Bar spokesperson said: "We are taking the increased threat of spikings and people being injected across the city incredibly seriously.
"Baa Bar was one of the first bars to adapt a no search no entry policy to give our guests reassurance and this has been received extremely positively.
"We have a welfare manager deployed on every shift whose prime focus is to support any guests in need and to observe and watch for any unusual activity along with our door team.
"All team have been spoken to and trained in awareness of vulnerable guests and suspicious activity.
"We have met with the police and are working alongside them and other venues in the city to come up with a plan to try and deter any potential culprits, and what the process is if we find any potential culprits in our premises.
"The fact that these alleged spikings seem to be targeted at the student population is a grave concern and we welcome working with universities in educating and supporting their students.
"We are aware of the incident last Tuesday evening as the person in question contacted us.
"The queue was particularly long that evening and the alleged incident happened a fair way down the street but we have provided footage to the police to help their investigation.
"These incidents appear to be happening all over the UK and we hope that those who are part of it are traced and stopped and if anyone does know who is doing it that they come forward to make our cities safer again."Read More Read More