Teenager reportedly spiked by injection in Preston nightclub

A teenager says she was injected with an unknown substance while at a nightclub in Preston.

The incident is believed to have happened between 10.20pm on Saturday 23 October and 4.45am on Sunday 24 October.

Officers say they were called to the hospital after the woman attended with concerns she had been injected.

It follows a number of nightclubbers recently reporting spiking-via-injection across the country.

Meanwhile detectives are also looking into a separate incident where it was reported two women had their drinks spiked in Preston, on the same Saturday evening.

Officers were called to Lancaster Road, in the city, at 11.57pm by the ambulance service, where a woman in her 20s and another in her 30s, were take to hospital.

Both since been discharged.

The two incidents are not being treated as linked, but detectives say they are keeping an open mind.

Nobody has been arrested at this time.

Det Insp George Binns, of Preston CID, said: "We appreciate that there is a great deal of concern surrounding these reports, particularly on the back of what has been reported elsewhere in the country.

"We take reports like these extremely seriously and are working diligently to get to the bottom of exactly what has happened.

"We are at the early stages of our investigations and we will update the public further as soon as we can.

"The victims are being supported and I would encourage anybody with information which could assist our enquiries to come forward.

"If you think you have been the victim of this kind of offence, we would encourage you to report it to the police or a member of the bar staff as soon as possible. You will be believed and it will allow us to obtain the strongest possible evidence to secure a conviction.

“Our colleagues in licensing regularly work with local bar and club owners to ensure people have a safe and enjoyable time and that there are mechanisms in place if people need help, including the Ask For Angela initiative. In the wake of these incidents, we are liaising with licensing and local venues around safety.

“There will be increased reassurance patrols in Preston over the coming weekend. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to say speak to an officer.”

Anyone with information which could assist our enquiries is asked to call 101, quoting log 1108 of October 24, 2021.