Viewpoint: The law needs to be changed regarding the sale of laughing gas

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 November 2018


Anti-social behaviour is an ongoing problem raised at the recent inaugural meeting of the Island Gardens ward panel; the forum for police and local residents.

One item raised is the ongoing issue of cycling in the Greenwich foot tunnel. This is both anti-social and dangerous. At peak times pedestrians are constantly having to dodge speeding cyclists who show no consideration for those walking through the tunnel. There are existing by-laws against cycling in the tunnel but these have not been enforced for years and indeed Greenwich Council are, despite objections from pedestrians, proposing to lift them. The police recently undertook an exercise to be present in the tunnel and issue warnings to anti-social cyclists. Residents are looking forward to a report at the next ward panel.

Another matter raised is the use of nitrous oxide by youths. Residents and the police expressed surprise at the recent legal judgement which whereas it is illegal to be under the influence of laughing gas, the sale of the canisters for recreational use is not illegal. A simple change in the law is required.

Sooner rather than later.

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