Maria Beckwith was enjoying drinks in Newcastle with a colleague, but hours later, she found herself wandering alone along the streets of Sunderland.
A mum claims she was spiked while out on a night. She bravely spoke out about the ordeal which left her with horrendous injuries, but no memory.
Maria Beckwith was out with a colleague on Saturday night at a bar in the centre of the city.
The Sunderland mother-of-two, who was also a Sunderland mum, found herself alone on the streets of Newcastle, uninjured and unaware of her origins. Chronicle Live reports.
From that October 2nd night, the 42-year old was unable to remember anything except that her friend had to take her to Monument Metro station. After that, everything seems blurred.
Maria believes that her drink was spiked because she stood at the bar and continued to drink it. She felt disgusted. “woozy”Despite not having drank much that night.
“I got on the wrong Metro and was walking down random streets of Newcastle,”She said.
“I didn’t know what was going on or where I was.
“”I went from being extremely fine and having a good time to not knowing where I was, in less than an hour.”
Maria, with the help her friends, reconstructed the evening. Maria said she got off at St. James’ Metro station and blacked out. She woke up with a head injury.
Thanks to a call to a friend, she was picked up in a taxi and driven home.
Maria was in severe pain, and she needed to be admitted to the hospital.
Sunderland Royal Hospital performed tests on her and determined that she had suffered a bump in the head, a fractured vertebra, and severe bruising.
Maria claims that it was too late to perform tests to determine if Maria had been spiked.
Although she has been recovering at home for the past four weeks, the Mercedes Benz sales representative says that she still experiences dizziness and headaches.
“I would hand on my heart say there is no way I would have had a total blackout like that and been so confused without any kind of interference with my drink,”She said.
“You know your body and know how you would normally behave.”
Maria claimed that she was spiked to Northumbria PoliceOctober 6, but stated that officers have only just begun to investigate after four weeks.
She stated that she believes officers and city nightclubs should do more to address the problem of spiking.
“I think there needs to be more awareness because it is so rife at the moment,”She said.
“Just because you get home safe doesn’t mean you don’t report it because for every woman that gets home safe, there could be one that doesn’t.
“It is important that people behind bars and bouncers know what signs to watch for and not assume that everyone has had enough.
“Especially coming up to Christmas, I know a lot of people will be out on staff nights out and everyone will be letting loose, but the likes of the drink spikers and those who are there to take advantage will also be there.
“It is important to know what to watch out for when you get into party season. [and]People who like the bouncers and taxi drivers don’t judge those who have had too much.
Northumbria Police reported: “We can confirm that we have received a report from a woman concerned she had been spiked while on a night out in Newcastle on Saturday, October 2.
“We have identified a number of lines of inquiry and an investigation remains ongoing at this time.”
They also added: “We proactively police the night-time economy and as part of Operation Cloak, have dedicated officers on patrol to protect those who may be vulnerable and target anyone looking to commit offences.
“We also work with our partners and licensees to help ensure the city remains one of the safest to enjoy a night out.
“We would encourage anyone who has concerns or believes they have been a victim of spiking, to get in touch with us.
“As a force, we will investigate every report we receive and are committed to working with and supporting victims.”