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Date rape devil dust alert for clubbers

A POTENTIALLY lethal narcotic that is blown into the face to leave women helpless is being used by date rapists, it is claimed.

Police are urging victims to speak out amid fears that ‘Devil’s Breath’ — or the drug scopolamine derived from South American shrubs — is now a threat.

Actor Robert Lindsay (pictured) said his friend’s daughter was left semi-conscious when targeted by three men outside a London club. ‘In her shock, she inhaled,’ the My Family star tweeted. ‘Friends came to her aid but in seconds she lost all her senses and couldn’t remember a thing.’

Not so holy: The Angel’s Trumpet, a flower used to make Devil’s Breath PICS: FLORAPIX/ALAMY/GETTY

Lindsay, 67, said his friend heard it was ‘the new date-rape drug’ and can be ‘fatal in small doses’, adding: ‘Would probably have been blown through a tube! Unbelievable.’

Derived from the South American borrachero shrub, the motion sickness treatment causes hallucinations, seizures and memory loss in high doses.

Devil’s Breath is implicated in 50,000 crimes a year in Colombia. It was linked to the rape of two British women on the Costa del Sol in January.

The Metropolitan Police said it was not aware of any attacks but encouraged ‘anyone who thinks they have been a victim to come forward’.

The anti-harassment group Hollaback! London said the report ‘illustrates perpetrators will do many different things to harm women’.