Warning over potentially deadly 'craze' emerging in Doncaster village

Police are concerned over a potentially deadly craze which has emerged in a Doncaster village.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 6:00 am

Officers say they are worried over the abuse of laughing gas canisters in Bentley, and have put out an appeal to resident to call them if they see any in the streets – particularly if they have not been used.

Phil Paish, of the Doncaster West neighbourhood policing team issued a community alert warning of the problem of gas cannisters.

He said: “We would like to make the community aware of the recent drug craze that’s happening in and around the Bentley area of Doncaster.

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Police found nitrous oxide cannisters among rubbish in Bentley Park

“They are widely available as they are used in catering such as whipped cream canisters. They are also similar to the canisters found in paint ball guns and air powered weapons which contain carbon dioxide, also fatal if inhaled.

Nitrous oxide is used in medicine, commonly known as laughing gas, which when administered, gives a person a feeling of happiness and giddiness.

“It is extremely dangerous to be inhaling from such pressurised canisters and air can become trapped in your bloodstream or brain causing a serious risk to your health potentially resulting in death. We advise not to use these for this purpose as it is illegal under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 to supply nitrous oxide for human consumption.

“Please call 101 if you see any of these canisters in the streets, especially if they have not been used.”

Earlier this month officers raised concerns after finding nitrous oxide among litter in Bentley Park.