A police crackdown on a small area of central London netted a whopping 1,200 containers of lethal ‘legal high’ nitrous oxide – in ONE night.
Police and Hackney Council brought in the whopping haul of the party drug during a sweep of trendy Shoreditch last Saturday night, which were being pedalled to revellers for £5-a-hit.
The gas, which has been blamed for a string of deaths, starves the brain of oxygen and makes users light-headed and disoriented for a few minutes.
Councillor Feryal Demirci said: “This so-called legal high can be extremely dangerous – not only does it put people at risk, it promotes anti-social behaviour.
“The empty balloons and nitrous oxide canisters also create a lot of litter in Shoreditch and Dalston, which is frustrating for residents, local traders and shoppers.
“We want to send a message out to the thoughtless peddlers of this dangerous gas – they’re not welcome on the streets of Hackney and we will take action to remove them.”