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Police Warn Of Drug Craze Where People Sniff Fumes Of Burning Wheelie Bins

Police Warn Of Drug Craze Where People Sniff Fumes Of Burning Wheelie Bins

Police have issued a warning about an 'extremely dangerous' drug craze that sees youngsters sniffing the fumes of burning wheelie bins.

The bizarre 'trend' sees teens setting fire to the plastic bins then inhaling the 'highly toxic' fumes to get high. WTF?

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It is thought certain dyes used in the manufacturing of waste bins - depending on the colour of the plastic - can create fumes which cause a buzz.

GMP have issued the warning after seeing an increase in the number of bins burned out. Credit: SWNS
GMP have issued the warning after seeing an increase in the number of bins burned out. Credit: SWNS

Waste experts issued a warning last year but now police have confirmed recent incidents in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Officers there discovered a melted black wheelie bin thought to have been ignited by tearaway teenagers.

Remnants of a fire at Longsight Park, Bolton. Credit: SWNS
Remnants of a fire at Longsight Park, Bolton. Credit: SWNS
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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have released a statement recognising the incident and warning about its danger and increasing popularity.

The force has received 'several' reports of the drug craze taking place in recent weeks, it's believed.

Anti-solvent abuse charities said inhaling the bin fumes could be more dangerous than sniffing glue or petrol.

Rubbish and recycling bins line a street. Credit: PA
Rubbish and recycling bins line a street. Credit: PA

A GMP spokesman said: "Longsight Park has been subject to massive damage recently as a result of wheelie bins being set on fire in the middle of the children's play area.

"This type of damage has a wide spread effect on communities and renders public spaces unusable.

"Intelligence from Greater Manchester fire and rescue suggests that wheelie bins are being set on fire and fumes from the bins are inhaled.

"Both GMP and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have received several reports of bins being set on fire in recent weeks. This is extremely dangerous as the fumes from the plastic are highly toxic."

The force has encouraged residents to avoid leaving their bins out unnecessarily and to keep them out of public view if possible.

The trend surfaced for a short time in 2007 in South Yorkshire but it has made a revival in recent months.

There were a number of reports in Scotland, also in 2007, of vandals burning bus shelters to get high from the resulting fumes.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: News, GMP, UK, greater manchester police

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