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Following news that the Government is making the possession of laughing gas a criminal offence, Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has released the following statement:

“I have repeatedly called for tougher legislation to combat the damage nitrous oxide is causing in our communities. As a recreational drug mostly used by young people, I welcome this clamp down by the Government to make possession of laughing gas a criminal offence.

“Locally, I have seen first-hand how easy it is to purchase nitrous oxide, the damage it causes to communities and its impact on public spaces with places often littered with canisters.

“I lead a Combatting Drugs Partnership in West Mercia to tackle the impact drugs have on communities, so I understand the importance of educating our young people about drug use, intervening with support when substance misuse happens and having strong enforcement in place to give the police the powers they need to take drugs off our streets.

“I would like to thank Mark Garnier MP, who has worked closely with me on toughening legislation and has been a loud and prominent voice on this issue in parliament and his constituency of Wyre Forest.”