On Tuesday 21st May, 3 shop workers from the Tanim Superstore E14 were convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court for supplying Psychoactive Nitrous Oxide gas canisters to young children. They have been sentenced to a total of 28 months imprisonment (suspended).
The Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee revoked the alcohol licence for the store last October, following an application to review the licence by the Met Police. This was as a result of the Police and Council finding the premises selling canisters of laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide) believed to be for inhalation. It is illegal to sell Nitrous Oxide, for inhalation under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. There is also the issue of associated antisocial behaviour such as litter attributed to its use as a recreational drug.
Tower Hamlets Council in partnership with Tower Hamlets Police, and Tower Hamlets Homes has a campaign to help tackle some of the problems caused by nitrous oxide called “No Laughing Matter”. For more information on the campaign, follow this link
- To report a licensed premises (i.e a shop that sells alcohol) email: Licensing@towerhamlets.gov.uk
- To report other retail outlets, email: email@example.com
- To report the clear up of nitrous oxide canisters, complete a ‘Report waste and street cleaning’ form via this link
- Use the Love Your Neighbourhood App, which enables the public to instantly report cleansing issues to the Council. Users can simply take a picture i.e disposed nitrous oxide canisters and the app will pinpoint the location and send the details directly to the environmental contractors, ensuring the problem is dealt with swiftly. The App can be found on the Apple App Store (IPhone Users) and Google Play (Android Users)