SEVERAL young women have had their drinks spiked with drugs while out in Huddersfield town centre – and some then suffered memory loss for several hours.
Now police have warned revellers to be extra vigilant in a bid to stop further incidents which could leave them vulnerable and defenceless.
One 18-year-old women became violently ill at the Visage nightclub complex in Folly Hall after her drink was spiked.
She was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where medical tests revealed she had an ecstasy-based drug in her system. Police say she had not taken the drug voluntarily and she has now spoken out about her ordeal to warn other young women.
That happened in the early hours of last Wednesday morning, but since a further three women have complained to police that their drinks had been spiked.
All said their drinks were spiked in the early hours of Monday – and at least two of them had sought hospital treatment.
All had been to bars in the King Street area of Huddersfield town centre.
And two women became violently ill after a bottle of wine they shared had been spiked in a Lindley pub at the end of last month.
Det Con Russ Conlon, of Kirklees CID intelligence unit, said: “In all these cases the women reported a very high pulse rate and dilated pupils. Three of the victims said they had suffered memory loss for several hours.
“So many incidents in such a short space of time is clearly worrying and that’s why we are warning people who go out to clubs and pubs in Huddersfield to be extra wary. Never leave your drink unattended on a bar or table or with someone you don’t know or trust.
“It takes just a second or two for someone to spike it and if a stranger you have just met volunteers to buy you a drink, be safe and politely refuse.’’
Det Con Conlon also urged everyone to be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously near drinks and to alert staff in pubs or clubs if they have any concerns.
“This is something we treat very seriously,’’ he said. “It’s impossible to say if just one person is doing this or the motive. None of the women were physically attacked.’’
Anyone who believes they may have been a spiked drink victim should call Huddersfield police on 0845 6060606