Spiked drink ordeal of Melissa Wilkinson, 30, of Acomb

Melissa Wilkinson who says her drink was spiked during a night out

Melissa Wilkinson who says her drink was spiked during a night out

Updated in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A WOMAN has thanked an RAF medic who she believes saved her life after her drink was spiked on a night out in York.

Melissa Wilkinson, 30, of Acomb, said off-duty medic Paul McMahon spotted her plight after a friend managed to get her to a taxi rank for a lift home.

“I could barely stand up,” she said. “I was shaking as if I was very cold, even though I was warm to the touch, my sight had gone blurred and I started hallucinating but my speech wasn’t slurred and I was definitely not drunk.”

She and her friend believe her whisky and coke was spiked by two men who approached and distracted them in Popworld in George Hudson Street.

“I did not leave my drink unattended, so I think it must have been by sleight of hand,” she said.

She started to feel ill and her friend got her to a taxi rank, but was becoming increasingly concerned. Paul saw what was happening and offered to accompany them in the taxi home.

“I want to thank him for saving my life,” she said.

“He prevented me choking on my own vomit and he helped calm me down.”

At her friend’s house, her friend’s husband took over looking after her and Paul returned to town.

She was ill for about four days after the spiking.

She contacted police but they said it was too late to carry out tests. She said she wanted to alert other women to the dangers.

Paul, a senior aircraftsman at RAF Linton on Ouse, said he had simply done his best to keep Melissa calm.

A Popworld spokesperson said: “We operate a zero tolerance policy on drugs within our premises and fully support the police in any inquiries regarding an alleged incident of spiking. Our trained team work to ensure Popworld is a safe environment for customers.”

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3:02pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

Whats going on at the moment in York there's a lot of spiking and assaults going on women need to be on the lookout for this pond life scum who have to spike a females drink because no normal person would touch them with a barge pole, there mothers must be so proud.
Whats going on at the moment in York there's a lot of spiking and assaults going on women need to be on the lookout for this pond life scum who have to spike a females drink because no normal person would touch them with a barge pole, there mothers must be so proud. Teabag1
  • Score: 31

5:56pm Sat 15 Mar 14

dasreich1943 says...

It's controversial to say, but an in depth study into drink spiking, concluded that it was an urban myth. People can react badly to alcohol, even seasoned drinkers, depending on your body chemistry. Plus, what is the motive? It seems very far fetched to think that a stranger would go to great lengths to slip a pill into your drink, causing you to be taken home by friends, just for their own amusement...
It's controversial to say, but an in depth study into drink spiking, concluded that it was an urban myth. People can react badly to alcohol, even seasoned drinkers, depending on your body chemistry. Plus, what is the motive? It seems very far fetched to think that a stranger would go to great lengths to slip a pill into your drink, causing you to be taken home by friends, just for their own amusement... dasreich1943
  • Score: -6

10:24pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Omega Point says...

Spiking occurs after the person doing it has got into a serious conversation with the person at the least. Something not quite right about this story as it is told
Spiking occurs after the person doing it has got into a serious conversation with the person at the least. Something not quite right about this story as it is told Omega Point
  • Score: -4

11:38pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

More like Melissa bought a dodgy pill and this is her excuse.
More like Melissa bought a dodgy pill and this is her excuse. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -18

2:25am Sun 16 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

dasreich1943 wrote:
It's controversial to say, but an in depth study into drink spiking, concluded that it was an urban myth. People can react badly to alcohol, even seasoned drinkers, depending on your body chemistry. Plus, what is the motive? It seems very far fetched to think that a stranger would go to great lengths to slip a pill into your drink, causing you to be taken home by friends, just for their own amusement...
You could say similar about computer viruses that just keep generating popup windows and alert messages on your PC, or just really slow it down - the ones where there's no advert revenue going to the makers, and it's not ransomware.... the makers of the virus have taken time and energy to create it for no gain, purely and simply for their own amusement knowing they've bug-gered up your computer.

Just because something seems far-fetched doesn't mean it's not true.
[quote][p][bold]dasreich1943[/bold] wrote: It's controversial to say, but an in depth study into drink spiking, concluded that it was an urban myth. People can react badly to alcohol, even seasoned drinkers, depending on your body chemistry. Plus, what is the motive? It seems very far fetched to think that a stranger would go to great lengths to slip a pill into your drink, causing you to be taken home by friends, just for their own amusement...[/p][/quote]You could say similar about computer viruses that just keep generating popup windows and alert messages on your PC, or just really slow it down - the ones where there's no advert revenue going to the makers, and it's not ransomware.... the makers of the virus have taken time and energy to create it for no gain, purely and simply for their own amusement knowing they've bug-gered up your computer. Just because something seems far-fetched doesn't mean it's not true. Magicman!
  • Score: 14

4:01am Sun 16 Mar 14

andy jamo says...

its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds.
im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.
its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds. im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed. andy jamo
  • Score: -62

9:05am Sun 16 Mar 14

eeoodares says...

andy jamo wrote:
its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds.
im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.
Well you deserve all the abuse you get!

I am glad that you think that 10 years ago 'yorl' had no crime and, the crime we have now has all been imported.
Incidentally, I had a vodka in Fasers Fun bar in the 90's and with a short period of time was wrecked. Although I was probably talking gibberish at the time, I still made more sense than you do now!
[quote][p][bold]andy jamo[/bold] wrote: its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds. im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.[/p][/quote]Well you deserve all the abuse you get! I am glad that you think that 10 years ago 'yorl' had no crime and, the crime we have now has all been imported. Incidentally, I had a vodka in Fasers Fun bar in the 90's and with a short period of time was wrecked. Although I was probably talking gibberish at the time, I still made more sense than you do now! eeoodares
  • Score: 20

10:47am Sun 16 Mar 14

dasreich1943 says...

http://www.telegraph
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http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/uknews/c rime/6440589/Date-ra pe-drink-spiking-an- urban-legend.html dasreich1943
  • Score: -7

9:01pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Loollah says...

andy jamo wrote:
its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds.
im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.
That's utter rubbish! When I was in my late teens and early 20's (incidentally 10-15 year ago) I knew a couple of friends who'd reported that they'd had their drinks spiked! Fights, crime and "shadys" as you put it were just as commonplace as they are now!
[quote][p][bold]andy jamo[/bold] wrote: its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds. im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.[/p][/quote]That's utter rubbish! When I was in my late teens and early 20's (incidentally 10-15 year ago) I knew a couple of friends who'd reported that they'd had their drinks spiked! Fights, crime and "shadys" as you put it were just as commonplace as they are now! Loollah
  • Score: 2

9:13pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

Wow, free drugs, could I have some please.......
Wow, free drugs, could I have some please....... Oyy you
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Sun 16 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

andy jamo wrote:
its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds.
im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.
"full of immigrants". Full?

You are a banana.
[quote][p][bold]andy jamo[/bold] wrote: its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds. im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.[/p][/quote]"full of immigrants". Full? You are a banana. MouseHouse
  • Score: 9

8:30am Mon 17 Mar 14

Daisy75 says...

What I'm confused about is the part of the story where she was so wrecked she nearly choked on her own vomit, to be saved by an army medic. Surely if she was at such a high risk of aspirating to death, she/ the medic would have sent her to the hospital, or at the very least she'd have popped into the GP in the days she was feeling rough, allowing tests to take place.
What I'm confused about is the part of the story where she was so wrecked she nearly choked on her own vomit, to be saved by an army medic. Surely if she was at such a high risk of aspirating to death, she/ the medic would have sent her to the hospital, or at the very least she'd have popped into the GP in the days she was feeling rough, allowing tests to take place. Daisy75
  • Score: 6

10:33am Mon 17 Mar 14

matroom says...

30 !!?? The ordeal has obviously aged her- a lot.
30 !!?? The ordeal has obviously aged her- a lot. matroom
  • Score: 0

10:51am Mon 17 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

no comments allowed on the article about riverside safety.isn t it about time people,specifically students,took responsibility for their own actions.i heard mention that possibly students hadn t been made aware of the river.FFS its a river and therefore should be avoided if possible.in my younger days of excessive drinking around york i don t remember anyone falling in nevermind anyone drowning.
no comments allowed on the article about riverside safety.isn t it about time people,specifically students,took responsibility for their own actions.i heard mention that possibly students hadn t been made aware of the river.FFS its a river and therefore should be avoided if possible.in my younger days of excessive drinking around york i don t remember anyone falling in nevermind anyone drowning. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 8

1:10pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

andy jamo wrote:
its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds.
im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.
how thick are you, crawl back under your rock dick head
[quote][p][bold]andy jamo[/bold] wrote: its fairly obvious to all whats happening. the city is full of immigrants and shadys. this thing never used to happen a decade ago, when yorl was a completely different place. everyone knows this. however nobody speaks out, due to the politically correct brigade, who walk around with their heads in the clouds. im standing by for loads of abuse, from the brainwashed.[/p][/quote]how thick are you, crawl back under your rock dick head Teabag1
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Mon 17 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

How come all the recent sour faced drink spiked victims are from Acomb?
How come all the recent sour faced drink spiked victims are from Acomb? YorkPatrol
  • Score: 1

1:55pm Mon 17 Mar 14

YorkCityLuke says...

These stories are always written like fact, but are based on conjecture with no evidence whatsoever. I've felt pretty rough for several days after drinking too much, with no foul play implicated. Not to say that people don't have drinks tampered with, or that this lady is making it up - but why go to the Press and not the hospital/ police? Why do the Press even run with these non-stories?
These stories are always written like fact, but are based on conjecture with no evidence whatsoever. I've felt pretty rough for several days after drinking too much, with no foul play implicated. Not to say that people don't have drinks tampered with, or that this lady is making it up - but why go to the Press and not the hospital/ police? Why do the Press even run with these non-stories? YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 6

3:13pm Mon 17 Mar 14

BKKYorkshireboy says...

Teabag1 wrote:
Whats going on at the moment in York there's a lot of spiking and assaults going on women need to be on the lookout for this pond life scum who have to spike a females drink because no normal person would touch them with a barge pole, there mothers must be so proud.
"their"
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: Whats going on at the moment in York there's a lot of spiking and assaults going on women need to be on the lookout for this pond life scum who have to spike a females drink because no normal person would touch them with a barge pole, there mothers must be so proud.[/p][/quote]"their" BKKYorkshireboy
  • Score: -6

4:15pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Pete the Brickie says...

You'd have thought this alleged incident would warrant some sort of police action, wasn't Pop World the last pub Megan Roberts was in before she inexplicably fell into the Ouse despite her friends stating she wasn't drunk when she left?
You'd have thought this alleged incident would warrant some sort of police action, wasn't Pop World the last pub Megan Roberts was in before she inexplicably fell into the Ouse despite her friends stating she wasn't drunk when she left? Pete the Brickie
  • Score: 8

1:00pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Jackanory2 says...

Teabag1 wrote:
Whats going on at the moment in York there's a lot of spiking and assaults going on women need to be on the lookout for this pond life scum who have to spike a females drink because no normal person would touch them with a barge pole, there mothers must be so proud.
Alot? Hmmmm 2. Although 2 is too many its hardly happening all the time, and as long as women take care they should be able to enjoy themselves on nights out in York without fear in comparison to other towns and cities.
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: Whats going on at the moment in York there's a lot of spiking and assaults going on women need to be on the lookout for this pond life scum who have to spike a females drink because no normal person would touch them with a barge pole, there mothers must be so proud.[/p][/quote]Alot? Hmmmm 2. Although 2 is too many its hardly happening all the time, and as long as women take care they should be able to enjoy themselves on nights out in York without fear in comparison to other towns and cities. Jackanory2
  • Score: 0

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