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Rotherham teacher ‘stopped breathing and couldn’t move’ after being spiked on night out


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A teacher from Rotherham has shared how she was left unable to move and struggling to breathe after she was spiked on a night out in Wickersley.

Sarah Croft, 36, became ill on an evening out with her friends at the end of September.

She said she wanted to speak out about her experience after police confirmed three women were spiked by injection in Sheffield over the weekend.

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Ms Croft explained: “I want people to know it is happening a lot closer to home than you realise.”

She said she had been drinking but was not drunk when she first started feeling ill.

“I just came over all funny. And I went and sat outside at a table and put my head down, but then I couldn’t lift myself back up,” said Ms Croft.

And the secondary school teacher suddenly got worse.

“I kept stopping breathing and my friend would have to nudge me to make me take a big intake of breath,” she said.

Thankfully, one of Ms Croft’s friends, a nurse, put her into the recovery position.

By this point, the teacher, who had been enjoying her night out just 20 minutes before, couldn’t move.

Sarah Croft has spoken out about her experience
Sarah Croft has spoken out about her experience

She explained: “I couldn’t move a muscle in my body. I couldn’t lift my head off the ground. I couldn’t stop anyone from touching me.”

The teacher, who was still fully aware of everything happening to her, said it was terrifying to feel so helpless.

“I kept having panic attacks and crying,” she said.

Ms Croft was taken to Rotherham General Hospital and has since made a full recovery.

But she says the incident has left her shaken and made it difficult for her to enjoy the one night out she has been on since.

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“Not a lot does with me, but it has really knocked me for six,” said Ms Croft.

She hopes nobody else has to face what she went through.

Ms Croft said: “If it weren’t for my best friend refusing to leave my side, who knows where I could have ended up or what could have happened to me. I was one of the few very lucky and very fortunate ones.

“These spikings have got to stop.”

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