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Spiking by Injection (18A/22)


Nationally, there was an increase in media reports of ‘spiking’ via injections/needles over the latter part of 2021. I am interested in any needle stick incidents that are linked to an allegation of ‘spiking’.

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled to under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to request the following information:

  1. How many incidents have you had reported to you about a suspected spiking by injection per month for the following years and months?


  September October November December

2. Please complete as much of this table as you can, for those incidents reported to you between 1 September – 31 December 2001 (inclusive).

Incident Victim sex Suspect sex Victim known to suspect? Location of incident

(street, nightclub, private residence etc)

Were any other allegations made alongside the needle spiking? (e.g. rape, sexual assault, robbery)? Please list Which drugs have been identified as being injected?


(please mark as C for confirmed or S for suspected)

Location of needle stick wound on victim’s body (upper back, leg, arm etc.) Has suspect been identified?


  1. No suspect has been identified
  2. Suspect has been identified but investigation has been closed with no CJS outcome
  3. Suspect is under investigation but has not yet been charged
  4. Suspect has been charged
  5. Suspect has received a different CJS outcome (e.g. caution, community resolution) – please list
For those suspects charged, please list the offences they were charged with For those suspects charged, please list any known outcomes


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.