Woman ‘spiked by a needle’ backs campaign to boycott Nottingham nightclubs

A university student who claimed she was spiked by a needle on a night out has backed a campaign to boycott Nottingham nightclubs.

An Instagram page called Girls Night in Nottingham has been set up calling for clubs across Nottingham to increase security measures and raise awareness about the dangers of getting spiked.

The page has garnered more than 7,000 followers in a 24 hour period and it is run by a group of 15 university students campaigning for awareness of the issue.

The boycott takes place Wednesday, October 27. The organisers said this was one of the busiest nights out in Nottingham.

The campaign is supported by University of Nottingham student Zara Owen, 19, who said she was spiked by a needle while out at Nottingham’s Pryzm nightclub in Lower Parliament Street.

Ms Owen said: “I’m definitely in support of it and think it is a great idea.

“I’ve shared the page’s post and made friends aware of it.

“Everybody I know seems to be in favour of this and will take part.

“The support they’ve got is phenomenal, it is horrible we have to even take these measures.



Zara Owen, a 19-year-old University of Nottingham student, says she believes she was spiked in Pryzm nightclub in Lower Parliament Street
Zara Owen, a 19-year-old University of Nottingham student, says she believes she was spiked in Pryzm nightclub in Lower Parliament Street

“It’s harrowing but unfortunately part of our lives as women.

“It’s not just happening in Nottingham, it’s happening everywhere.”

A spokeswoman for the organisers said: “We wanted to do a night that had the most meaning and would be most impactful.

“We’ve got a lot of support and our aim is to raise awareness and to break the stigma of being spiked.

“You always think it is never going to happen to you, it is so scary and is so much harder to prevent than you think – especially with the needle spiking outbreak.”

Similar Instagram pages are being created as part of the campaign.

Cities including Edinburgh, Sheffield and Exeter are taking part in the movement.

The spokeswoman for Girls Night in Nottingham added: “We saw Edinburgh’s page and wanted to take part and overnight we both became quite big and other university students joined in.

“It has gained a lot of attention and support.

“Our page got about 2,000 followers in the first couple of hours and inspired other cities to do the same.

“The whole idea is not just exclusive to students and we want every gender to be made aware of the dangers.”

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