A councillor and police chiefs are warning of the potentially deadly effects of laughing gas after dozens of canisters used to store the substance were found in a Longridge playing field.
Town councillor Paul Byrne -a father and grandfather - reported his find to police, who have expressed concern at the use of what both consider to be a highly dangerous substance.
Coun Byrne says he fears young people have been inhaling the canisters of laughing gas substance “for fun” because it changes the pitch of their voices.
Community Beat manager PC Mark Shepherd said: “We need to find out where they are getting them.”
The Longridge councillor and father and grandfather who picked up the empty minigas canisters from a Longridge playing field has warned their contents could be severe or even life threatening.
Coun Paul Byrne reported his finding to police.
They have today both expressed concern at the use of what he and they consider are deadly substances.
Coun Byrne says he fears young people have been inhaling the canisters’ ‘deadly laughing gas substance for fun’ because it changes the pitch of their voices. “But they could be heading for serious injury to throat and breathing,” he warned.
“I found the mini canisters in the John Smith playing field. “The contents are not illegal but parents should be aware of the danger and be warned that this is going on in Longridge - we don’t want to read about such actions causing fatalities.”
Coun Byrne informed the police of the situation at last week’s Police and Community Together - PACT - meeting and spoke to Community Beat officer Mark Shepherd who was attending. After the meeting, PC Shepherd told the News “Coun Byrne brought the matter to our attention and I have been up to the playing field to look around. So far, I have found nothing, and neither have residents seen anything yet to cause alarm.
“If kids are using these substances, it’s a major concern and a question of finding where they are getting them.”