Parliamentarians said there was no intelligence about women being spiked with needles

Parliamentarians were told Wednesday by the head of the UK’s private security industry regulator that there was no information about women being spiked with needles.

Security Industry Director and former police boss Paul Fulwood spoke with Labor Rep. Diana Johnson and Conservative Rep. Tim Loughton as part of an extensive investigation into Spike. The Commission also took evidence from Spike’s victims about their experience.

“We certainly don’t have the needle spike intelligence we’ve found in our intelligence system in the last few months,” Fulwood said.

Last year, there were new safety concerns following multiple news reports that women were being spiked with needles at nightclubs across the UK.

This phenomenon first appeared last fall after a report from a woman who began detailing their experience with photographic evidence of a new trend of concern.

The BBC reported in December that Nottinghamshire police said they had received 146 reports of spikes from victims in the last two months. Nine people were arrested as part of their investigation, but no one has been charged so far, they said at the time.

Several lawmakers, including Jess Phillips of Birmingham Yardley, called for action. He claimed that Spike was “never new,” but he wanted the criminal to be afraid of the consequences of carrying a needle.

In a debate at Westminster Hall, Warwick MP Matt Western said: They have to treat it as urgently as terrorism. It’s really alarming. “

Fulwood added that it is his own personal opinion that if spikes, or alcohol or drugs were added to someone’s drink without their knowledge, it would be significantly underreported.

“When I looked at some of the data, there was only about 7,500 items of information about nighttime incidents, of which 25 were only a few and inaccurate,” he said. rice field.

He added that the criminals are mostly men, but the victims are “mainly” but “non-exclusive” young females.

Mr Fulwood told the committee that the information came from information provided by the general public, police, charitable crime stoppers, and private security companies. He said this was anecdotal evidence, not from conviction or prosecution.

“This is not depriving people of trying to find out what this kind of thing is happening, but it is underreported. There is a lack of awareness. Lack of understanding. I’m doing it. “

Owen Evans