Police are investigating a harmful drug attack after pepper spray was discharged at the Snobs nightclub. Witnesses claim the attack left some party-goers’ coughing and vomiting.
The popular downtown venue in Smallbrook Queensway hosted a One Direction song party on the middle floor at the time of the incident. But the shocking incident happened on the floor above around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23rd.
The third floor was quickly evacuated by Snob’s staff. However, a clubgoer said his girlfriend, 32, had difficulty breathing and was going to the hospital.
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The 35-year-old, who asked not to be named, told BirminghamLive: “Around 1:30 a.m., the third floor of Snob’s nightclub was evacuated due to some sort of gas attack. People coughed and vomited afterwards, and at least one person was sent on. the hospital with difficulty breathing. “
He also wrote to Snobs about the incident, as he was surprised that the entire club was not evacuated after the incident – but felt reassured by their response. He added: “My partner and I live in the city center so we were able to go home after the incident in the hope that we would both feel better after some fresh air.
“Unfortunately that was not the case and I had to call an ambulance for my partner who was having difficulty breathing. She was taken to hospital and released a few hours later after receiving some steroids and magnesium via IV. We are now fully recovered.
“I was delighted to see the written response from Snobs as we were both concerned about having inhaled an unknown substance which was clearly causing us, and many others, serious distress.
“Although the staff did a good job of clearing the affected floor quickly, the lack of response in the rest of the club seemed poor at the time, so it is good to know that the staff acted on the advice of the police and were able to identify the person responsible.
“I can only hope that the CCTV footage they have obtained leads to the arrest of this selfish and thoughtless person.”
In a response online, Snobs said it was an “isolated incident” and they are “proud of how the situation was handled” by their staff.
“The ‘chemical weapon’ was actually pepper spray and a very short-term and localized problem. On the advice of the police, the effects are very localized and short-term once ventilation takes place,” Snobs Management said.
“We followed the advice of the authorities. I can assure you that you will not have long-term health problems.
“Although I can understand that you might have been annoyed at the time. We had first aiders on site at the time who offered private laundry facilities to anyone seeking help.
“We spoke to the police and informed them about the incident, we also tracked down the perpetrator on CCTV. Of course we would like to apologize for the incident and we have revisited our procedures to see if we can do something better in the future.
“We do our best to make the nightclub the safest possible environment. Unfortunately, we can not control every single person’s actions all the time.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman told BirminghamLive: “We are investigating an incident at the Snobs nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning where a harmful substance was emitted.
“Officers patrolling the city center were warned of the incident at the site. No one was seriously injured.
“CCTV has been reviewed and investigations are underway to identify those responsible. If anyone has information that could help our inquiries, please send a message to us on Live Chat via our website and quote Crime Reference 20/402713/22. “
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