A teenager has died after he is thought to have
taken laughing gas at a party in south-east
The 18-year-old collapsed in a street in Bexley
after suffering a cardiac arrest last night.
He was taken to hospital from the scene in
Wolvercote Road and died two hours later at
around 1am on Sunday, police said.
Police said the teen is believed to have
attended a party where he may have been
drinking alcohol as well as ingesting legal high
The Metropolitan Police said: “Next of kin have
been notified. A post-mortem will be
scheduled in due course.
“At this stage the death is being treated as
unexplained pending the findings of the post-
Just two days earlier Bexley Police posted a
warning of the risks of nitrous oxide on its
Facebook page, writing: “Nitrous oxide gas
canisters are dangerous! Know the risks!”
Research published earlier this year showed
there had been a rise in the recreational use of
nitrous oxide, known by various names
including “hippie crack”.
It is not illegal to be in possession of the
substance although it is prohibited from being
sold in England and Wales to under-18s if
there is a risk they will inhale it.
The gas can make people feel relaxed, euphoric
and giggly, leading to the nickname laughing
gas. It is usually inhaled through balloons.
Abusing nitrous oxide can lead to oxygen
deprivation resulting in loss of blood pressure,
fainting and even heart attacks.
The research by respiratory consultant and
neonatal paediatrician Dr Paul Seddon found
that 7.6 per cent of 16-to-24-year-olds in
England and Wales have admitted to having
tried balloons, which were described as
“widely available” in shops that sell legal highs.
Seventeen people in the UK died between 2006
and 2012 after taking the legal high.
See Photos: Kennedy Agyapong caught “pants down”
Documents available to prove the exact opposite of claims made by New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong on Oman Fm’s Boiling Point last Thursday, that Stelin Automotive and Trading Company in 2012 paid only GH¢ 10,000 to clear six (6) Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles belonging to Mr Ibrahim Mahama’s Engineers & Planners.
“That Stelin Company, we will go after them… Ibrahim imported Hilux. When I talk they say it’s because he is richer than me that’s why I talk about him… Someone whose brother is President, and wants to be President again… this thing he did in 2012 I will talk”, Mr Kennedy Agyapong declared on Oman FM.
“Ibrahim brought in those six Hilux pickups. Do you know the duty Engineers and Planners paid? They paid 10,000 cedis.. I swear to God… I am not against Ibrahim, I am against Steling Company.. I want the customs officer to be interrogated”, he added.
But contrary to the claims made by the lawmaker, documents with receipts sighted showed Stelin Automotive and Trading Company paid GH¢10,424.16 for each of the Toyota Hilux Pick up and not GH¢ 10,000 for all the six (6).
It has been established that the vehicles with chassis numbers MROFR22G3C0679730, MROFR22G679726, MROFR22G679638, MROFR22G679533, MROFR22G679810 and MROFR22G67921 were all cleared at a total cost of GH¢62, 544.96 through Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) Ecobank account.
It is unclear where the maverick lawmaker got his information from but checks at CEPS in Tema further revealed that the amount was paid in full before the vehicles were released to the clearing agent, Stelin Automotive, and Trading Company.
A CEPS official who spoke to MYNEWSGH.com on condition of strict anonymity said: “Checks on whether the appropriate duties of vehicles has been paid can be done through the use of Customs SMS code by texting the chassis numbers to the shortcode 1477”.
He revealed that any car whose duty has not been paid will be exposed by the system’s shortcode of 1477.
Though the lawmaker claimed during the political programme his allegations were against Stelin Automotive and Trading Company and not E&P or Ibrahim Mahama, an aide to the businessman in response said the NPP firebrand seems to be obsessed about Mr. Ibrahim Mahama.
“The attacks on Stelin Automotive and Trading Company appeared to be an indirect way of attacking Mr. Ibrahim Mahama because the cars were cleared on behalf of Engineers &Planners Limited”, he stated.
This is not the first time Mr Kennedy Agyapong is making allegations against Mr Ibrahim Mahama which eventually turned out to be false.
Last week, the outspoken lawmaker alleged ‘some impropriety’ in the part of Mr Ibrahim Mahama over the servicing of his cars at the Air Cargo section of the Kotoka International Airport.
Officials of NACOB who supervised the disembarking of the luxury vehicles disputed Mr Kennedy Agyapong’s version of events.
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