Resident's horror as scores of laughing gas canisters abandoned in Leeds park

A Leeds resident shared this image of a car park strewn with as many as 50 Nitrous Oxide canisters at the weekend.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 4:53 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 4:56 pm
Alan Castlehouse found these gas canisters strewn all over a Leeds park

The recreational drug capsules, often referred to as laughing gas, were found all over Gotts Park car park.

According to Alan Castlehouse, who flagged the issue to the Yorkshire Evening Post's Leeds Crime & Incidents group on Facebook, said the drug paraphernalia appeared overnight on Saturday, March 6.

He said: "Nice greeting this morning on Gotts Park car park. There must have been over 50. These canisters are/were in Gotts park Golf club, in front of mansion house. They appeared overnight Saturday. The amount makes me wonder how many people were there indulging."

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Other residents chipped in to raise similar concerns.

Caan Townend said: "I hate seeing these things all over the streets.....I don't care if people want to use these but why leave them on the streets and car parks...

"When cars roll over them, they become projectile missiles. I've seen it happen. People get hurt and cars get damaged when they go flying.

Sally Elizabeth added: "There was a huge pile heading over to Alnwick yesterday morning.. around 50. It's shocking to think the only way they could have got there and back was to drive"

What is laughing gas and is it illegal?

According to drug addiction help website Talk To Frank, Nitrous Oxide is a psychoactive drug which has been illegal to give away or sell since 2016.

The site explains: "This is a psychoactive drug and is covered by the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act, which means it’s illegal to give away or sell.

"There’s no penalty for possession, unless you’re in prison.

"Supply and production can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

"Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.

"If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.

"As of 2016, nitrous oxide is covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act and is illegal to supply for its psychoactive effect."