Moray hospital ‘laughing gas thieves’ are sought

Potentially dangerous gas was stolen from Dr Gray’s

Police in Moray are appealing to the public for information on cylinders of laughing gas that have been stolen from Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.

It is believed that the theft took place on Friday, April 3 at around 10.20pm, with police wishing to speak to two men in particular over the incident.

Both are described to have local accents and are thought to be approximately 25-years-old. One was wearing a black jacket and jeans while the other a blue jacket and jeans.

A woman is also thought to have been in their company and is described as being around 18-years-old and having long black hair.

Investigating Officer PC Brian Donaldson said: “Nitrous oxide – or N2O – is commonly known as laughing gas and has analgesic properties when used medically.

“However, worryingly it has been known to be used illegally as a recreational drug and can be used by car enthusiasts as a fuel additive.

“It can be a dangerous substance if it is misused or consumed without medical supervision. Any attempt to interfere with the pressurised cylinders may also result in serious injury if they are not handled correctly.”

Should anyone be offered the gas or have information about the theft they are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111 if they wish to remain anonymous.

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