Police rule out syringe attacker in Northbridge venues

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POLICE have dismissed reports of syringe attacks in Perth’s licensed venues.

Speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, WA Police spokesman Inspector Geoff DeSanges said police wanted to allay public concern.

“We do not believe there is someone out there, certainly involved in this instance, injecting people with illicit drugs,” he said.

An 18-year-old woman made a report to police that she was injected with an unknown substance by an unknown person at Universal Bar on William Street on Friday, March 22, at some point between 11.25pm and 11.40pm.

Police investigate alleged syringe attack at Northbridge bar

Other reports also emerged in the media of two more alleged needle-stick victims over the weekend.

“There has been no evidence to suggest the complainant was injected with any illicit or stupefying drug,” Inspector DeSanges said.

“There are some investigative actions that are still being conducted into the matter – the young lady clearly received a small injury in the venue.

“The cause of that injury remains unknown at this point.”

The inspector said it was “quite a convicted belief” of the woman that she was injected with something.

“No action has been taken against her at this point and certainly none is intended,” he said.

“She was injured and she is of the belief this is what occurred.”