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Laughing gas to be banned in crackdown on anti-social behaviour

‘I’ve learned it’s a mistake, it’s worse than a mistake to regard drug taking as somehow acceptable’

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Nitrous Oxide also known as laughing gas is to be banned under government plans to crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Levelling-Up Secretary Michael Gove announced the plans on the Sophy Ridge show on Sky News on Sunday morning, March 26th. Mr Gove said the ban would be issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, but a decision on what class the drug will fall under has not yet been made.

Confirming the ban on laughing gas, Mr Gove said: “I think anyone who has the opportunity to walk through our parks in our major cities will have seen these little silver canisters, which are examples of people not only spoiling public spaces but taking a drug which can have a psychological and neurological effect and one that contributes to antisocial behaviour overall.”

He continued: “These laughing gas canisters are an increasing scourge, and one that has been reported to me as a constituency MP.”

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Sophy Ridge asked: “Are you really going to give people a criminal record for a 30-second high from laughing gas?” Mr Gove initially avoided the question but then replied: “We need to deal with the scourge [of nitrous oxide]. It’s absolutely right we uphold the law in this case.”

When asked again whether the plans were hypocritical, given some MPs have been known to have taken drugs, including himself, he replied: “No, because I’ve learned. I’ve learned it’s a mistake, it’s worse than a mistake to regard drug taking as somehow acceptable.”

What is nitrous oxide?

Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has become the second most popular drug used by 16-24 year-olds in the country. Nitrous oxide is a colourless gas that is sold in canisters and typically inhaled using a balloon.

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The gas is meant to be used by medical experts such as dentists to sedate patients undergoing minor medical procedures. However, over the years local high streets and alleyways have been blighted by discarded canisters dumped by people who have been using the drug recreationally.

According to drug awareness organisation Talk to Frank, taking the drug can make a user feel relaxed, giggly, dizzy, anxious or paranoid. While the common risks can mean the user will feel faint, lose consciousness, or possibly suffocate.

Back in 2020, concerned residents reported the rise in the use of laughing gas among teenagers during the pandemic. Just last year a 16-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after inhaling laughing gas at the Parklife music festival.

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear diagnosed with dementia

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear, who played Bet Lynch, has been diagnosed with dementia, her husband has revealed.

The 81-year-old who played the iconic pub landlady of the Rovers Return on the show sought medical advice after ‘suffering forgetfulness’ but there was now ‘no hope of a reversal in the situation’, her husband Scott Brand said.

He shared news of her diagnosis in a statement, writing: “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis.

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“Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance, but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation — and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse.

“We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out.

“Inevitably she is recognised, and fans love to meet her – and she them – but she can get confused particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand.”

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Goodyear played the leopard-skin-wearing, big-haired barmaid on the cobbles from 1966 to 2003.

Thanks to Goodyear, Bet Lynch became one of the ITV soap opera’s longest-serving and best-loved characters.

The iconic actress also appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Fit Club.

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Tragedy as police find body of missing man last seen leaving pub

Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher

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Police have confirmed a body has been tragically found in the search for a missing man in Marple.

Christopher Barlow, 31, was last seen shortly after 1am on Sunday, June 4th after leaving the Royal Oak pub in Mellor, Stockport.

He was last sighted turning left to walk along Brabyns Brow from Town Street.

Police officers and specialist teams searched a specific area beside the Peak Forest and remained at the scene after the tragic discovery on Tuesday, June 6th.

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Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher, and his family have been informed. A report is currently being prepared for the Coroner’s Office.

Detective Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP’s Stockport district, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with Chris’s family and friends at this very distressing time.   

“I would also like to thank the local community for their support with the search and the wider public for their assistance in sharing our appeal.”

According to The Manchester Evening News, on Monday evening (June 5th) the water search and marine unit, as well as a number of police vehicles and detectives were at the scene.

A large section of the canal was closed off to boats the next day as the search for Christopher continued. 

Canal towpaths were also taped off as divers went into the water and officers searched nearby woodland.

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Man to complete visiting every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week

Now he only has one final pub left to visit

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David Bingham

A man will complete his visit to every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week as he sips his final pint to conclude his mission.

Most people like to see how far they can make it in a pub crawl but David Bingham, 60, decided to take it much further than that.

The Derbyshire man, who set out on the task in 2019, will conclude his journey of sipping a pint at all 875 Wetherspoon venues this week, including the 40 that have closed. 

Now he only has one final pub left to visit, and he’s booked a flight at the South Terminal in Gatwick Airport in order to tick it off his long list.

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The last of the boozers will be The Flying Horse, which is conveniently located right after security at the airport. Wetherspoons has praised his dedication.

Mr Bingham, from West Hallam, has said his other passions are trainspotting and following Burton Albion. He took on the challenge while also pursuing his other hobbies. Mr Bingham told the BBC: “If we were going somewhere new, I’d suss out the Wetherspoons.”

His partner Una Cooper bought him a directory of the pubs and he began ticking them off. “I’ve had a drink in most pubs, I’d say 85%,” he said. 

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“I’m a lager lad, definitely. The one in Ramsgate [in the Royal Victoria Pavilion] is my favourite because the history behind that building is incredible.

“But there are five police stations, there are churches, there’s chapels, there’s a tram depot, there’s a fire station.

“They just save these fantastic buildings. I love architecture and I love buildings. It’s a history lesson.”

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Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon, said: “We applaud David Bingham on his outstanding achievement.

“Many people love to visit Wetherspoon pubs across the UK and Ireland, but only a handful have visited each and every one. David will now join that select group.

“He has obviously put in a lot of time and effort into achieving his goal and we thank him for his dedication to our pubs.”

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