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Four friends all break down after fearing they’ve been stabbed at a downtown venue

One of the women, 20-year-old Ella Shields, has spoken out about the night at the Bierkeller in Liverpool, which culminated in her and friends Ellie, Anna and Meg being taken to hospital

The Four Friends; Ellie from Ludlow, Anna from Burnley, Ella from Wilmslow and Meg from Essex
The Four Friends; Ellie from Ludlow, Anna from Burnley, Ella from Wilmslow and Meg from Essex

Four friends who collapsed and passed out in a horrific incident at a city center venue suspect their drinks were spiked.

One of the women, 20-year-old Ella Shields, has spoken out about the night at the Bierkeller in Liverpool, which culminated in her and friends Ellie, Anna and Meg being taken to hospital.

The group had been in the pub for around four hours on Saturday March 19 before one of the group collapsed in the bar’s toilet and had to be carried outside.

Ella tells the Liverpool echo that the friends had at first assumed she was feeling the effects of alcohol, but then realized that the girl who was breaking down had been drinking less than her friends, who were all still “feeling good”.

An hour later, Ella, a music student, said her own legs felt weak and she felt like she was having a panic attack, so she grabbed a chair before passing out, all within “one minute.”







The incident took place in the beer cellar in Liverpool city centre
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She was later woken up in an ambulance by strange voices and the feeling of a prick in her finger.

An hour later, the music student said her own legs felt weak and she felt like she was having a panic attack, so she grabbed a chair before passing out, all within “one minute.”

She was later woken up in an ambulance by strange voices and the feeling of a prick in her finger.

Ella shared her story with the uniofliverpoolememepage on Instagram and with the echo because she believes part of the problem is that people “don’t trust their own instincts” and don’t ask for help when they’re feeling different than when they’re drunk.

She said victim blaming is also a problem, telling the Echo: “When you tell people about it, they say, ‘Next time you go out, just be careful’, but we’re so careful now, especially after the first time .

“We always go to the bathroom in pairs, we never leave drinks alone, we always make sure to watch our drinks.

“There are only so many ways you can be careful before it gets out of hand. It was broad daylight and it wasn’t even a club, it wasn’t like we were at a rave.

“It just pisses you off a little that it’s being overlooked like that, but even when you tell people about it, it’s not, ‘Oh god, they need to be stopped, the people making spikes,’ it’s always like, ‘Oh ‘You have to be more careful’.

“So it’s kind of like, what am I supposed to do in life? Never drink outside the house again?”

Ella claimed the first time they were spiked at another location, staff thought they were just drunk or on drugs.

She worried that they would not be believed this time either, especially as students.

But the beer cellar staff “handled it really, really well,” offering them water, keeping them warm and making sure their breathing was fine, according to Ella.

A spokesman for Bierkeller Liverpool said: “Most importantly, we are just so glad the guests in question have made a full recovery.

“The safety and experience of our customers is always our top priority. There is alcohol disorder training and policy for all staff working at our venue.

“We have been working closely with local authorities to investigate Saturday’s incident. So far there is no evidence of alcohol-related disorders.

“We will continue to work fully with the local authorities. We are so happy again that our customers have made a full recovery.”

The Mirror have reached out to Merseyside Police for comment.

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