Police investigate latest alleged drinking spike at Mosh nightclub after 18-year-old woman fell ill

Police are appealing for information after an incident in which a young woman allegedly had her drink at Mosh nightclub in Leicester. It comes after a number of similar incidents at the club last year.

The alleged victim, 18, fell ill after visiting the club late on Saturday night. The incident was reported to police at 4.30am yesterday and officers spoke to the woman.

Now Leicestershire Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. A police spokesman said: “Shortly before 4.30am yesterday a report was received that an 18-year-old woman had fallen ill at a nightclub in St Nicholas Place, Leicester. Officers were present and spoke to the woman.”

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In October last year, LeicestershireLive reported that the nightclub had set up special ‘welfare staff’ to make clubbers feel safer after a series of reported spikes led to some people feeling boycott as well as other places.

An Instagram post featuring the team on the nightclub’s official page said: “Our job is to help you feel safe and to listen to any concerns you may have. If you have any issues, please let us know. know, we’re here to make sure you are taken care of.”

In December last year, LeicestershireLive released official data on Leicestershire police caseload peaks for the previous five years. According to official data, 257 incidents – 192 reported by women or girls and 65 by men or boys – had been reported to the force since the start of 2016.

However, an astonishing 72 of them were reported to police in October – including 29 cases which allegedly involved the use of a needle to inject a victim. In each of the past five years, the average number of ‘spikes’ incidents officially recorded with police each month had been in the single digits, with some months passing without any being reported.

The data showed that before October, using a syringe had only been mentioned by four people in five years. A significant number of cases are believed to have occurred in private homes, but 160 involved licensed premises – mostly bars, nightclubs and student unions.

Leicestershire Police Chief Superintendent Shane O’Neill said at the time: “Doping, where someone adds drugs or alcohol to another person’s drink or injects them without their knowledge, is illegal. Whether done as a prank or with the intent to steal or assault the victim, we want people to be vigilant.

Police have received hundreds of spike reports in recent years, including a spike last year

“If you’re drinking with strangers, be aware of what’s going on around you and if you have any suspicions about someone, report it to staff immediately. It’s always good to have a drinking buddy .

“If you’re going out with a friend or friends, keep an eye on them. If they seem to be more drunk than you think, if they are dizzy or if they speak badly, take control and make sure they are okay and, if they concern you, make sure whether he gets medical help or returns home safely.”

The alcohol peak can occur in any situation, at home or in the evening. However, according to Leicestershire Police, there are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Never leave your drink unattended, whether alcoholic or not
  • Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know
  • Avoid over-drinking by sticking to UK ‘low-risk’ drinking guidelines
  • Stay with your friends and look out for each other

The Force also suggests people take the following steps if they come across someone they think may have been doped:

  • Notify a bar manager, bouncer or staff member
  • Stay with them and keep talking to them
  • Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates
  • Don’t let them go home on their own
  • Don’t let them go with someone you don’t know or trust
  • Don’t let them drink more alcohol – it could lead to more serious problems

Anyone with information about this weekend’s incident is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting reference 22*307207.

Richard Dement

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