Two men jailed for stealing 'laughing gas' from hospital

Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital has 100 empty beds and is stressing they are very much o

Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital has 100 empty beds and is stressing they are very much open to patients Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Two men have been jailed for stealing nitrous oxide from a hospital on the coast. 

Four cannisters of the substance, commonly known as 'laughing gas', were taken from James Paget Hospital in Gorleston at around 2am on September 19, 2019.

Following an investigation by Norfolk Police’s Moonshot East Team, Jake Roberts, 24, and of no fixed address, and Oliver Evans, 23, and of no fixed address, were charged with burglary in February 2021.

Both Roberts and Evans were sentenced to 22 months in prison at Great Yarmouth Magistrate’s Court last Thursday (April 8).

The hospital has said there was no operational disruption due to the theft.

A spokesperson said: “Any crime against the Trust, its patients or staff will always be reported to the police and we will work closely with officers with the aim of bringing those responsible to justice.”

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