Teen spiked on night out claims police said CCTV was ‘too long to look through’


Molly Hargreaves, 19, of Abingdon, said she was disappointed by the police probe after she became so unwell she had to be pushed home in a trolley.

Molly Hargreaves, 19, on her night out on Halloween in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Molly Hargreaves, 19, on her night out on Halloween in Abingdon, Oxfordshire

A teenager who fears she was spiked with a needle on a night out claims police told her CCTV was “too long to look through”.

Molly Hargreaves, 19, believes she was injected by a syringe while she was out celebrating Halloween with friends in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

After visiting several pubs, she began feeling unwell and was unable to walk the 20 minute journey home because she was so wobbly.

She had to be pushed home in a trolley and later noticed a bruise appear on her arm near a puncture mark.

Molly, of Abingdon, reported it to Thames Valley Police who said it was investigating a report of a “potential needle spiking incident”.

But she has since said the investigation has been “so disappointing” and she has been made to feel as if she should be the person to investigate it.

Molly fears she was injected by a syringe while out with friends in Oxfordshire

The teen claims police told her they were not going to check the CCTV as the time frame she gave could be inaccurate and it was “too long to look through”.

She said: “It’s so disappointing, it feels like the police will only care when something serious happens after somebody has been injected or spiked.

“The police officer who spoke to me said they had spoken with the detective who said to stop the case as there was no point in watching all of the CCTV.

“They said if there is another new case they will reopen mine.

“These people could carry on doing it and they’re not getting any consequences.”

Molly’s case came as concerns about spiking incidents grabbed national attention following a spate of spiking by injections in clubs across the country.

She said: “I haven’t been able to go out since. I went out once with my boyfriend, but I could only stay out for about 30 minutes.

“I felt like people were way too close and they were going to attack and hurt me. They were probably perfectly normal people but I just didn’t feel safe.”

Thames Valley Police confirmed it received a report of a needle spiking incident after the victim had visited a number of bars in Abingdon on October 31.

A spokesperson said: “An investigation has been conducted following a number of lines of enquiry.

“That investigation has now concluded and will be filed pending further information coming to light.

“Thames Valley Police are working closely with venues and partners to make sure they are aware of the measures they can take to ensure the safety of those who attend their pubs and clubs.

“We are also asking them to be vigilant and report any instances of drink spiking to us so we can investigate and take any action against offenders.”

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