'I couldn't move': Woman's terror after spiking suspicion in the city

Devan O'Donoughoe needed an ambulance after a night out in Norwich

Devan O'Donoughoe needed an ambulance after a night out in Norwich - Credit: Contributed/Neil Perry

A 26-year-old has claimed she was attacked by a drink spiker in Norwich this weekend - and is still feeling the effects five days later. 

Devan O'Donoughoe, who lives in Dereham, said: "One minute I was dancing then the next minute, from what I can remember, I was lying on the floor outside the nightclub.

"I was told staff had put me on the seats to give me water. They said my eyes kept rolling and I could not keep my head up."

Devan O'Donoughoe says she was spiked in a Norwich city centre nightclub

Devan O'Donoughoe says she was spiked in a Norwich city centre nightclub - Credit: Contributed

"I physically could not walk after it," she continued.

"I was throwing up outside the club and my legs had gone stiff to the point I could not move.

"Even now I am still struggling and it is still painful to walk."

The East of England Ambulance Service and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital both said they could not comment on individual patient cases. 

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The 26-year-old hopes more measures can be introduced to help prevent the crime. 

She added: "There is no way I would have done that to myself. I do not do drugs as I know it destroys my body."

Unit 17 in Ipswich have put special safety measures in place to keep their customers safe. Picture:

Anti drink spiking measures are in place with lids and bottle stoppers Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

She added she would like to see more body and bag searches as people enter nightclubs, as well as protective lids being offered with every drink.

Chief Inspector Ed Brown, from Community Safety at Norfolk Police, has said perpetrators found guilty of drink spiking will be handed a lengthy prison sentence.

Chief inspector Ed Brown at the top of Prince of Wales Road 

Chief inspector Ed Brown at the top of Prince of Wales Road - Credit: Neil Perry

It comes after 33 separate incidents were reported across Norfolk since the start of October.

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