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Damo & Ivor star Andy Quirke reveals girlfriend collapsed after drink was spiked at Marbella bar

Published 22/08/2015 | 15:18

Andy Quirke and Grace Power
Andy Quirke and Grace Power

Damo and Ivor star Andy Quirke has revealed that his girlfriend was drugged at a bar on holiday in Marbella.

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The incident happened on Thursday night when Quirke (27) and his girlfriend of one year, Grace Power (25), visited a bar in the popular town of Puerto Banus.

An opiate based drug was slipped into Tipperary native Grace's drink and she was rushed to hospital after she collapsed outside the bar.

The RTE star believes they were targeted by a gang of people who wanted to steal items and he took to Facebook to warn other holidaymakers in the area.

“I just want to pass on a warning to all my friends that maybe in and around Puerto Banús Marbella," he wrote.

“Last night whilst out with friends my girlfriend was drugged with a opiate based drug.

“We arrived at 10pm and stayed for 3 hours. At around 12.15am a magician/street performer dressed in a sparkling light green costume who we had refused earlier in the evening returned to put on a 5 minute table show.

“During this time a clown tried to sell us roses.

"The magician asked for my friends phone to take a group photo and asked for the code to unlock it (whose unlock code is same as their ATM card pin).

“While looking at the magic show I believe that the two guys behind us dropped this drug into Grace’s drink. 30 mins later when we left Grace collapsed outside the bar and we struggled to find any authorities to come to our help.”

Doctors later confirmed that Grace had been drugged, and it seems the incident was not an isolated one.

“I managed to get Grace to hospital where they confirmed the symptoms and effects of this type particular drug and that its traces were in her blood and urine samples.

“The hospital also confirmed 12 other incidents of same attack this week in Banús. They are after gold watches (my friend was wearing one) and after drugging they have victims pin codes for ATMs.

“I believe there were two women and two men posing as couples beside us and the clown and the magician are part of the same gang working together.”

Quirke added that Grace is "very shaken by what happened" and asked people to share his warning with any friends or family travelling to Marbella.

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