A woman who was allegedly 'spiked' with a needle on a night out has revealed how her friend saved her from evil predators.
Rebecca Derbyshire, 26, says she was injected with an unknown drug while out on a hen do in Liverpool.
The landscape designer said how her friend looked at her arm and found a needle mark, the Mirror reports.
Rebecca, from Stoke-on-Trent, said: "I felt something sharp go into my shoulder. It was a really unusual sensation.
“I turned around to my friend and said, ‘I think I’ve just been injected’.
"She looked at my arm and said there was a needle mark and we looked around trying to see who might have done it.
“It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened if my friend hadn’t been there.
“I think I was targeted when she had stepped away and I was on my own at the bar, making me more vulnerable. Most of my friends had already headed home but thankfully we stuck together.”
Rebecca and her friend, who were drinking in the Rubber Soul bar in the city centre on September 25, went straight back to their hotel as she began to feel sick and drowsy.
She said she felt "fuzzy, confused" and was "shook up" after the incident as well. feeling dizzy and sick.
She later had a medical check-up, including HIV and hepatitis tests. Doctors told Rebecca that whoever injected her did not know what they were doing because they missed her bloodstream.
But they believe it probably was a muscle relaxant that could have "temporarily paralysed" her.
It was only this week after seeing other victims of needle spiking come forward that Rebecca reported her ordeal to police.
Nationwide, cops have reported 24 needle spiking attacks in the past two months and 140 cases of drink spiking.
It coincides with an overall rise in reports of spiking using both needles and drinks this month.
Jo Cox-Brown, founder of Night Time Economy, said it is crucial to report a spiking to police as soon as possible because date-rape drugs like rohypnol and GHB leave the system within 12 hours.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered police to urgently investigate the rise of spiking.
More than 160,000 people have signed a petition to make it a legal requirement for nightclubs to thoroughly search guests on entry.
The Rubber Soul bar has been approached for comment.
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