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Police warning following hazardous gas theft

Police in York are issuing a warning following a burglary and theft of a hazardous gas in the city.

Thieves stole seven cylinders of pure nitrous oxide from the Clifton Park NHS Treatment Centre, overnight between Monday December 30 and Tuesday December 31.

“Nitrous oxide is sometimes used recreationally, but in this pure form it is hazardous and could even prove fatal. So I urge people not to take any risks.

“Nitrous oxide can also be used in specially modified cars. If you can identify those responsible for this theft, please contact the police.”

– PC Nick Garbutt, York Safer Neighbourhool Team

The cylinders, which are all blue, are either three feet or five feet in length.

They all have white collar tags, with the manufacturer’s name BOC and details of the contents.

The tags also have important safety advice written on them.

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Three police officers remain in hospital after being injured in a gas explosion in Gateshead.

The trio were admitted to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries and burns after the blast at Marion Court on Monday. Police have confirmed that all three are still receiving treatment.

A gas engineer, and a paramedic were also injured and taken to hospital.

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