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Woman left with injuries after being spiked in King's Lynn

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A woman who says she suffered injuries after having her drink spiked in a bar in Lynn has contacted her MP following the incident.

Jodie Stevens was queuing up at Bar&Beyond in Norfolk Street with friends.

Ms Stevens, from Lynn, said she cannot remember much of the night, including leaving the pub and getting home.

Jodie Stevens suffered injuries to her eye after being spiked on a night out in Lynn (53040837)
Jodie Stevens suffered injuries to her eye after being spiked on a night out in Lynn (53040837)

Loss of memory is a common side effect of being spiked, and the most disconcerting thing to victims.

Drugs like ketamine and rohypnol can have this effect, which is why they are commonly used date rape drugs.

Ms Stevens friend called her her 19-year-old son to pick her up.

Jodie Stevens suffered injuries to her eye after being spiked on a night out in Lynn (53040840)
Jodie Stevens suffered injuries to her eye after being spiked on a night out in Lynn (53040840)

Ms Stevens required medical attention after falling over and had to go to hospital. Her eye had a steri strip applied.

She said: "It has affected my mental health and I've had to have time off work to recuperate.

"I struggle with anxiety anyway and this has made it worse.

"I have complained to the bar and spoken to the police, but as I can't remember anything they've had to close the case.

"I've got a crime reference number.

"I've even spoken to James Wild MP, who has assured me he will take the matter seriously."

The Lynn News has seen messages between the venue and Ms Stevens.

Bar&Beyond said: "We are taking this very seriously."

A spokesperson from Bar&Beyond said: “Everyone should feel safe on a night out, and they should feel safe in our bar.

"We are the most regulated part of the hospitality sector; we work hard to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment so that all our guests can enjoy a fun night out and will do everything we can to protect this right.

“While these incidents are incredibly rare, we take all reports of drink spiking very seriously.

"Our teams are fully trained on the issue and have the support of our onsite first aiders, we operate our ‘We Care’ policy and support the ‘Ask Angela’ scheme.

"We are offering anti-spiking devices to all of our guests and have increased our security by operating 100% searches on entry. We have extensive CCTV coverage throughout the venue and our security teams wear bodycams and we will pass on footage to the Police to help with any investigation. Anyone who is suspected of spiking will be detained and handed over to the Police.

“We would encourage anyone who sees suspicious behaviour, or suspects they have been a victim of spiking, to seek immediate assistance from a member of staff or security, who are trained to help and who also have the support of our onsite first aiders.

"We would also encourage them to contact Police and seek medical advice, so that any allegation can be properly investigated.”

Ms Stevens said: "Neither me or the people in front were searched that night.

"I've also spoken to the bar about that."

Three spiking incidents have occurred in Lynn in the last month with two of them on Norfolk Street.

There has been nationwide concern about spiking as the spiking by injection cases rise.

Norfolk police confirmed they had a report of a spiking incident in a premises in Norfolk Street in King’s Lynn on 22 October 2021 with the event taking place on 16 October 2021. T

The case was closed pending any further investigative opportunities.

Chief Inspector Ed Brown said: “We had a report of a possible spiking a week after the event. Due to the length of time between the event and incident being reported to us our investigative and forensic opportunities are limited. We continue to take spiking incidents seriously and would encourage people to alert police or bar staff at the earliest opportunity if they think they may have been a victim.”

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