Four friends all collapse after fearing they’d been spiked in city center venue


One of the women, 20-year-old Ella Shields, has spoken out about the night out at Bierkeller, in Liverpool, which culminated with she and her friends Ellie, Anna and Meg being rushed to hospital

The four friends; Ellie from Ludlow, Anna from Burnley, Ella from Wilmslow, and Meg from Essex

Four friends who collapsed and passed out in a terrifying incident at a city center venue suspect they had their drinks spiked.

One of the women, 20-year-old Ella Shields, has spoken out about the night out at Bierkeller, in Liverpool, which culminated with her and her friends Ellie, Anna and Meg being rushed to hospital.

The group had been at the pub for roughly four hours on Saturday, March 19, before one of the group collapsed in the bar’s toilets and had to be carried outside.

she told the Liverpool Echo that the friends had first assumed she was feeling the effects of alcohol, but then realized the girl who collapsed had drunk less than her friends who all still felt “fine”.

An hour later, Ella, a music student, said her own legs started to feel weak and she felt like she was having a panic attack, so she reached for a chair before passing out, all within the space of “a minute.”







The incident happened at Bierkeller, in Liverpool’s city center
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She later woke up in an ambulance to the sound of strangers’ voices and the feeling of a prick to her finger.

An hour later, the music student said her own legs started to feel weak and she felt like she was having a panic attack, so she reached for a chair before passing out, all within the space of “a minute.”

She later woke up in an ambulance to the sound of strangers’ voices and the feeling of a prick to her finger.

She shared her story with the uniofliverpoolememepage on Instagram and with the Threw out because she believes part of the problem is people “not trusting their own instincts” and not asking for help when they feel different to how they would when they’re drunk.

She said victim-blaming is also a problem, telling the Echo: “When you tell people about it, they say, ‘next time you go out, just be careful’, but we’re so careful now, especially after the first time .

“We always go to the toilet in pairs, we never leave drinks alone, we always make sure we watch our drinks.

“There are only so many ways you can be careful before it’s out of your control. It was in broad daylight, and it wasn’t even a club, it wasn’t like we were at a rave.

“It just makes you a bit angry that it’s so overlooked, but also when you tell people about it, it’s not ‘Oh god, they need to be stopped, the people who are spiking’, it’s always like, ‘Oh, you need to be more careful’.

“So it’s kind of like, what do you want me to do in life? Never drink outside the house ever again?”

She claimed the first time they were spiked, at a different venue, staff thought they were just drunk or on drugs.

She was worried they wouldn’t be believed this time either, particularly as students.

But the Bierkeller staff “handled it really, really well”, offering them water, keeping them warm and making sure their breathing was okay, according to Ella.

A spokesperson for Bierkeller Liverpool said: “Most importantly, we are just so glad the patrons in question have made a full recovery.

“Our customer safety and experience is always our top priority. Training and policies relating to drink interference are in place for all staff members working in our venue.

“We have been working closely with local authorities to investigate the incident on Saturday. So far there is no evidence of drink interference.

“We will continue to fully cooperate with local authorities. Again we are just so happy our customers made a full recovery.”

The Mirror has contacted Merseyside Police for comment.

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