A TEENAGER was rushed to hospital after her drink was allegedly spiked with a suspected date rape drug.

Police are investigating after receiving reports of an incident at Unit 7, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon on Saturday night.

Emily Cadogan, 19, from Stanford-le-Hope said she was enjoying a night out when she was targeted.

She said: “I’ve seen about these sort of incidents happening on social media but you never think it’ll happen to you.

“It was really busy in the club and my friend and I had got our first drink and went to the dance floor.

“I had a bit of my drink and felt sick. I saw a white powder in my drink, we wiped it to check and it was definitely powder.

“I went to the bar and they just took it back and gave me another drink.

“I felt sick, had a headache and felt so drunk but only had one drink. Our friend came and picked us up and we went straight to Basildon Hospital. I was on a drip for almost five hours.

“It is so horrible and I don’t want to be someone who is scared when going out.”

The claim follows another alleged incident earlier this year however the owners deny there is a problem.

A spokesman for The Deltic Group, which operates Unit 7, said: “Our number one priority is to provide a fun and safe night out and we would like to reassure customers that we do not have an issue with drink spiking in Basildon.

“Proven cases are extremely rare and we take every measure possible, including searching people on entry, to make sure that we minimise any risk.

“While we did not have any complaints on the night, we would always encourage customers to be vigilant, to never leave their drinks unattended and report any suspicious behaviour to a member of our team.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Enquiries are ongoing after a teenager reported that her drink had been spiked at Unit 7 in Basildon on Saturday, April 13.

Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 quoting the incident number 42/59028/19.