South Wales Police are to step up patrols of trouble spots in the Penarth area following several discoveries of cartridges of liquid nitrous-oxide in the area. (see PDN reports on ……………and ……………)
Inspector Gary Smart – who is in charge of Penarth police station – says “We are aware of the issue of nitrous oxide cartridges being discarded in a few public spaces throughout Penarth, and we have stepped up patrols while we continue to investigate.”
Discarded canisters of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) have been found in Glebe St / Ludlow Street, on Church Place North near St Augustines Church and in the Penarth Council children’s playground near Pembroke Terrace
Inspector Smart warns “Not only is using nitrous oxide for anything other than its intended use extremely dangerous – it can even prove fatal – the antisocial behaviour associated with those inhaling it has a negative impact on those living and working in the area and it will not be tolerated.”
The police are again asking for the public’s help to stem the menace and are reminding retailers of their responsibilities in selling Nitrous Oxide cartridges .
Inspector Smart says “I’d like to encourage the public to continue reporting any concerns to us via 101 [ the police access number for non-emergency calls] and I’d also like to remind retailers that it is an offence to sell nitrous-oxide to anyone under 18 if they suspect it is likely to be used to inhale.”