‘Laughing gas’ could be banned in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:27 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:27 01 September 2015

Laughing gas canisters found in Woodford Green. Picture: @hamapesh

Laughing gas canisters found in Woodford Green. Picture: @hamapesh


Redbridge Council are looking to ban the use of nitrous oxide and other legal highs within the borough.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal announced this at the Local Forum at Fulwell Cross Library, in High Street, Barkingside, on Tuesday.

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” or “hippy crack”, has been in the media spotlight for the past year.

It is not illegal to possess the gas, but selling it to under 18s in England and Wales is prohibited if there is a risk they could inhale it.

Calls for tighter laws have got louder after a teenager in Bexley died in July, after drinking alcohol and reportedly inhaling the gas.

A Recorder investigation last month found canisters strewn across the borough.

Lambeth became the first London borough to ban legal highs by introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order.

Anyone using them in public could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Cllr Athwal told the Recorder: “We are looking at some of the good practices done by other boroughs, like what Croydon are doing and Havering.

“Officers are looking into tackling the problem.”

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