AN 18-year-old had her drink spiked inside a Southend club leaving her "possessed", her mum has claimed.

Millie Taplin, who had ventured to Moo Moos in Warrior Square for her first ever night club trip, is thought to have had an unknown substance placed in her drink on Saturday night.

She later suffered seizures and lost all sense of feeling in her legs, hands, and feet.

Millie believes she her drink was spiked by a man who had been talking to her and her friends during the night, and had brought two drinks back from the bar.


A police probe has been launched into Saturday's incident.

Millie's mum, Claire, was left petrified when Millie was lying in a hospital bed.

The 48-year-old, said: "It was horrendous, she looked possessed.

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"I had no idea what was going on, I can't describe what it was like seeing her like that.

"I've never seen anything like it. Millie was aware of what was happening but couldn't speak.

"She felt sick almost immediately and went outside. She knew she wasn't drunk but was slumped in a nearby alleyway.

"I'm so thankful her friends were there for her, otherwise who knows what would have happened."

Millie left hospital on Sunday morning, and was in bed at home the rest of the day.

Claire continued: "There are no words for what I could say to the person responsible.

"Millie only took two sips of the drink, we're lucky it wasn't any more.

"She was wobbly on her feet on Sunday.

"She was really excited about going out on Saturday, she was so happy. It's such a shame."

Moo Moos has issued advice for party-goers.

A spokesman, said: "We urge all customers to be present when their drink is ordered and that they do not leave it unattended.

"The alleged drink spiked appears to have been accepted from a person known to the lady affected and whilst it was not reported to us at the time, we are assisting the police who are dealing with the matter.”

A spokesman for Essex Police, said: "We are investigating after we received a report of a woman having a drink spiked at a nightclub in Southend.

"It is reported that an 18-year-old woman had taken ill outside a venue in Warrior Square. The report was made to us at 3.30am on Saturday 1 August.

The woman was taken to hospital for assessment.

"No arrests have been made and our enquiries are ongoing.

"Anyone who has information on the incident should submit a report online at or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

"You can also call us on 101 and cite 42/155251/21.

"Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or"