Havering’s response regarding abuse of Nitrous Oxide

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We recently received pictures of a street after their were the sounds of shouting and screaming in the night and this photo included a LOT of N2O canisters.

We spoke to Havering Council about how they are dealing with the Nitrous Oxide problem:

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said: “Unfortunately, we are not able to ban nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, as it is can be used for legitimate purposes.

“We’re aware of the dangers it can cause if it is misused – our Trading Standards team have a good working relationship with the Police and other partners, and investigate shops which are found to be selling Nitrous Oxide canisters where there is an intention to supply a psychoactive substance.

“Anyone who sees a shop within the borough selling such items should contact trading.standards@havering.gov.uk or the public protection call centre on 01708 432777.”

At the same time, our community safety team work closely with the police to raise awareness of the dangers so we can look at preventing anti-social behaviour. We also work with partners to provide advice to schools and communities on the dangers of misuse. Just recently, as part of our Junior Citizens programme, over 2,000 school children in Havering were taught about the harmful effects of the gas.”

You can find more information about N2O on our previous article

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