NHS worker, 21, says she was spiked at A&E department Christmas party

NHS worker, 21, tells how she was spiked at A&E department Christmas party by gatecrasher and had to be treated by colleague after collapsing in toilet

  • Lauren McLean said a man she did not know had put his arm around her shoulder
  • The 21-year-old from Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk, said he asked to hold her drink
  • Half an hour later she collapsed in a pub toilet as her attacker tried to follow her
  • She called her father moments before and her friends bundled her into his car

An NHS worker has revealed she was spiked at an A&E department Christmas party by a gatecrasher.

Lauren McLean, 21, from Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk, said a man she did not know put his arm around her shoulders at the private event.

She told how the thug offered her and her friends drugs and wanted to hold their drinks when they went to the toilet.

But just half an hour later she collapsed in a pub toilet while her attacker tried to follow her in.

Lauren McLean (pictured), 21, from Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk, said a man she did not know put his arm around her shoulders at the private event

She had called her father moments before she blacked out – having sensed she was in danger – and her colleagues bundled her into the back of his car. 

They treated her as they rushed home before an ambulance was called and she was taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Miss McLean had seizures and was off work for two weeks following the targeted attack at 11.45pm on November 1.

She told Norwich Evening News: ‘You do not expect to go to an A&E party and end up going to A&E yourself at the end of it.

‘My parents are petrified and have still not recovered from it. My sister is not a big drinker anyway but she has said she is never going out again. She doesn’t think it’s worth it.’

She told how the thug offered her and her friends drugs and wanted to hold their drinks when they went to the toilet. But just half an hour later she collapsed in a pub toilet while her attacker tried to follow her in. She is pictured later in hospital

Miss McLean also issued a warning to revellers looking to go out partying over the Christmas period.

She said people should have a back-up plan on nights out which family members are aware of in case something disturbing happens.

She has now bought herself a spiking prevention kit online called a NightCap as well as her own metal straw.

Norfolk Police said they were aware of the incident but had closed the investigation due to a lack of CCTV evidence.

A spokesman said: ‘We can confirm we have received a report of spiking at a business premise in Tombland in Norwich on November 1.

‘The incident happened sometime between approximately 8pm and 11.30pm.

‘Officers investigating the incident conducted a number of lines of enquiry including CCTV opportunities, speaking with the venue staff, and forensics.

‘It has since been established that the enquiries have been exhausted and the investigation has been closed. If we receive any further information we would review this.’

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