Shocking CCTV footage shows Caitlin, 21, being dragged outside by the bouncers before being left in a doorway
A young woman from Blackburn has said she is now “too scared to go out” after she believes she was spiked before being escorted out of a Burnley nightclub and left in a doorway.
The woman, who asked to be referred only by her first name Caitlin, had been out in Burnley on Saturday night (November 6) with a female friend when the terrifying incident happened.
Caitlin, 21, and her friend had first been in Ships & Giggles, then Bee’s Knees, before ending the night in the early hours of Sunday morning in Projekt in Hammerton Street.
“In Ships & Giggles we had two drinks each from the cocktail dispenser and then in Bee’s Knees we had one pint of Dark Fruits and then a VK,” she told LancsLive.
“In Projekt I had a vodka lemonade and a Jaegerbomb, then another vodka lemonade, and then later on we had a VK each. We go out every weekend and that’s not an unusual amount for me to have.
“When we were in Projekt after we got our last drinks I went to the toilet while my friend watched the drinks; that’s something we’ve been doing after hearing about girls getting spiked in clubs across the country, and it was after those drinks we were in the smoking shelter and I just started vomiting.”
Caitlin says her friend told her that bouncers, hired by Projekt from Blackpool-based New Concept Security, then “picked her up” before “dragging” her through the club to the door. CCTV footage obtained by LancsLive shows Caitlin being left in a doorway next-door to the entrance to Projekt.
As door staff appear to chat among themselves, footage shows Caitlin’s condition deteriorated and was later unresponsive. An ambulance was called and she was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
“When they first left me outside I slipped backwards and smacked my head,” Caitlin added.
“In the hospital they said my blood pressure was high. It wasn’t like when you’re drunk, and the day after it wasn’t like a hangover; I still have pins and needles in my hands and I feel achy all over. I know when I’ve had too much to drink and this wasn’t that. This has happened to me once before in Darwen when I was throwing up blood and had to go to hospital.”
Caitlin says her mum is now considering reporting the incident to police and has said “I’ll not be going out for a long time”.
Rebecca McQuoid, who has owned Projekt since March 2019 with her husband Jason, said she has been left “personally upset” by the incident involving Caitlin.
“I was made aware of this situation on Sunday evening,” she told LancsLive.
“I investigated it internally with management and unfortunately neither myself or my assistant manager was made aware of the situation. We have recently employed a new door security team from New Concept Security and they have launched an internal investigation into the matter.
“All I can say is that if I had known about the situation I would have acted appropriately; I myself am the one that campaigned with PC Paul Marsden to have anti spiking devices in all town centre venues back in May, we as a company have also been commended on social media for assisting people in similar situations.
“I am personally upset about the situation we never want anyone to feel unsafe and rest assured this matter is an isolated incident that will be dealt with.
“The door staff were not aware that she had been spiked; her friend informed the door team that she had too much to drink and asked for some fresh air.
“They helped her to sit down, provided a bottle of water on request and ensured she was safe with her friend, then they contacted the on duty police team whilst her friend contacted the ambulance, the police then remained on site with the lady well after we closed.”
A spokesperson for New Concept Security, based in Blackpool, said he was unable to comment while the internal investigation was ongoing but confirmed he was aware of the incident.