Teacher, 31, who 'blacked out after man distracted her at a nightclub
‘Spiking’ horror for woman at nightclub: Terrified teacher, 31, collapsed ‘after getting chatting to man at bar while his friend injected her with a needle’ – and woke to find her leg covered in bruises
A terrified teacher who collapsed and vomited repeatedly after a suspected spiking by injection and woke to find her leg covered in bruises, has called for better ID checks at clubs.
Chrissy Childerley, 31, has no recollection of what happened to her after she was approached by two men on a night out at Vinyl in Cambridge.
She believes one man pretended to be drunk and jabbed her when he bumped into her, while the other distracted her by engaging her in conversation.
The men disappeared when her partner, Tom Knell, returned from the toilet and she fears they would have taken her with them otherwise.
Police were unable to identify the men from CCTV footage in the club, which was obscured because Miss Childerley was sitting in a ‘blind spot’.
Primary school teacher Chrissy Childerley (pictured with her partner Tom Knell) has no recollection of what happened to her after she was approached by two men on a night out
Miss Childerley believes man pretended to be drunk and jabbed her while his friend distracted her
It wasn’t possible to take blood or urine samples because she waited two days before reporting the incident as she was ill, in shock and also caring for her unwell son.
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‘It’s really scary thinking what might have happened if my partner hadn’t got back in time. They could have taken me outside,’ said the 31-year-old who later discovered a puncture wound and bruises on her left thigh.
The case is the latest example of the spiking epidemic across the UK. Drinks, food and even vapes are being used to deliver substances to unwitting victims, who are left at risk of abduction and sexual assaults.
Miss Childerley, a primary school assistant from Cambridge, had spent the day out in city with Mr Knell, 34, who runs a recruitment agency, and his mother.
The couple then continued on their own, visiting a bar before going to a club called Vinyl.
‘We decided to go home and Tom wanted to go to the toilet before we left. I sat down next to the bar at a table with three or four chairs because my feet were aching from dancing,’ said Miss Childerley.
‘These two guys approached me and asked if they could sit there. I said it was fine because I was going.
‘While one of them was talking to me about sitting down, his friend on the left barged into me and then said sorry.
Police were contacted two days after the August 5 incident but were unable to take any action following an investigation. Pictured: A hole where Miss Childerley believes she was jabbed
Miss Childerley noticed bruising and a needle puncture mark on her left side
‘I said ‘It’s fine’. I thought he’d just stumbled because he’d been drinking and maybe missed the chair. He bumped into my left side.’
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The men then suddenly became ‘bossy’, telling her to stay at the table and keep their seats while they went outside to smoke.
‘They came back and thank god my partner got back in time as they disappeared. I don’t remember anything after that,’ she added:
‘It wasn’t until the next morning when I started realising what had happened. Tom asked if I remembered when I got home. He said I collapsed and passed out on the living room floor. Then I vomited black and passed out again.
‘The next day my vision was blurry. I could hardly see and I was sweating really badly. Then I started being sick with black liquid again.’
Miss Childerley said she drank some cocktails and gin and tonics while out but ‘nothing more than I’d had before’.
She added: ‘I knew something was wrong. I’d never had a hangover like that. I couldn’t eat. I kept drifting in and out of sleep the whole day.’
Her mother called later that day to ask when she was picking up her son, Brooklyn, eight, so she showered first to try and wake herself up.
Miss Childerley, who has no idea what was injected into her body and said all clubs should routinely demand IDs from customers to deter similar incidents
A total of 6,732 spiking offences were reported in the 12 months to May this year – nearly 20 a day, according to the National Police Chiefs Council. Pictured: Where Miss Childerley believes she was injected
‘I was rubbing on shower gel when something hurt. I looked down and noticed the bruising and a needle puncture mark,’ she said.
Police were contacted two days after the August 5 incident but were unable to take any action following an investigation.
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Miss Childerley, who has no idea what was injected into her body and said all clubs should routinely demand IDs from customers to deter similar incidents, said: ‘I regret not going to A&E as soon as it happened.’
She eventually went to her GP for an emergency Hepatitis B jab and was told the bruising on her thigh may have been caused by the needle hitting a blood vessel.
The suspects were described by Miss Childerley as speaking with Eastern European accents. The man who bumped into her was bald, stocky and in his late 30s or 40s. She can’t remember any details about his friend.
A Cambridgeshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘An investigation was launched and inquiries were carried out but there was not enough evidence to support a case.
‘It has been filed, pending any further information coming to light.’
Vinyl said guest safety was a priority, with searches carried out on ‘100 per cent of people on entry’, free anti-spiking devices offered to guests, and ‘extensive CCTV coverage throughout the venue’, while staff wear bodycams.
It added: ‘We always co-operate with the police and will hand over any footage on request.’
A total of 6,732 spiking offences were reported in the 12 months to May this year – nearly 20 a day, according to the National Police Chiefs Council. Needle-spiking accounted for one in seven cases.
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