Woman forced to have HIV test after being spiked with injection on night out

A young woman has been left traumatised after being spiked with injection at a bar along with others.

Casey Thompson was drugged on a night out at the Pitcher & Piano bar in Tunbridge Wells on November 21.

She was unsuspectedly injected and had felt a sharp pinch on her arm – later she found a suspecting red lump.

Following this, Casey was admitted to the hospital where she endured HIV tests during her four-hour stay in hospital.

Others who were also at the same bar claimed they were either spiked or drugged in their drinks.

A man had also ended up in hospital after a suspecting spiking.

Casey has since taken to her social media to warn others of the disturbing arising trend.

Casey Thompson was enjoying a night out at the Pitcher and Piano when she felt ‘a sharp pinch’
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Instagram)

She said ‘within seconds the room was spinning’
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Facebook)

She said: “This happened in Tunbridge Wells Pitcher & Piano. It felt like a sharp pinch, I turned to look at my arm and there was a red lump, within seconds the room was spinning and I had passed out.

“Now it’s blood tests and HIV prep to stop me getting further ill.

“This has definitely stopped me going out. Please be careful, feel free to share.”

Following her statement, others spoke of their horror.

Anthony Thompson stated: “On Saturday night I was spiked via an injection at Pitcher & Piano in Tunbridge Wells.

“I blacked out for around four to five hours and have limited memory of what happened.

“After going to the police in the morning it came to light that two other girls had also been injected on the same night in the same venue.”

Pitcher & Piano in Tunbridge Wells was temporarily closed due to the complaints.

Kent Police asked that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s licensing committee review the venue’s licence in light of what happened in the early hours of Sunday.

In a post by Kent police, they stated they had multiple reports involving fan three women, a group of two women and a man and a single man who became unwell at the premises.

The reported incidents are suspected to be due to the tampering of their drinks to the involvement of needles in victims.

They continued: “No further offences were reported against the victims, who are in their late teens and 20s, and none of the complainants witnessed or recovered needles.

“An investigation is underway into the allegations and officers are working with the venue while carrying out enquiries into the circumstances, including a review of CCTV footage.”

The venue’s licence has now been revoked until December 1 while they look to install better CCTV, provide cup covers and improve lighting, and ensure mental detectors are at the entrance.

A full review of the licence will be completed by the licensing committee on a date to be confirmed.

Marketing agent Casey described her upset on Instagram and Facebook and said she was keen to raise awareness of the disturbing trend
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Instagram)

District Commander for Tunbridge Wells, Chief Inspector Lizzie Jones, said: “The application to review this licence was made due to the seriousness of the allegations received and the concerns of officers that the bar should have more effective safety measures in place for their customers.

“We take all reported incidents seriously and officers from our dedicated Community Safety Unit work closely with the town’s night-time venues to make them hostile places for those who may seek to exploit others and ensure members of staff recognise the signs of spiking and other criminal behaviour that might take place.

A spokesman for Pitcher & Piano told KentLive : “We have been working closely with the police and licensing authority to resolve the incidents which have occurred recently at Pitcher & Piano.

“We wholeheartedly support, and indeed encouraged, the decision to close the bar for the forthcoming week, whilst we are all able to assess what further processes we must put in place to protect of our guests and our staff.

“We will be implementing further measures to force out all anti-social activity and clearly demonstrate it has no place in our much loved bar.

“We believe this is a small number of people ruining the fun time for the majority and we ask all guests at P&P and across the area to call out these behaviours in the knowledge you are supported fully by our team and importantly the wider Tunbridge Wells community.”

The Mirror has contacted Pitcher & Piano for further comment.

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