South Scotland

Lloyd Griffiths jailed for Borders 'laughing gas' thefts

Hawick Community Hospital
Image caption Griffiths admitted stealing the nitrous oxide from Hawick Community Hospital

A man who stole gas cylinders worth more than £2,000 from two hospitals has been jailed for nine months.

Lloyd Griffiths, 24, formerly of Lower Farnham Road, Aldershot, claimed he was forced into the crime to clear a debt.

He admitted breaking into Hawick Community Hospital in October 2011 and stealing a cylinder of nitrous oxide - commonly known as laughing gas.

He also admitted breaking into Borders General Hospital and stealing more cylinders of medicinal gas.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard how Griffiths had been traced by fingerprints left at the scene.

The thefts sparked a police appeal for information at the time.

There was speculation that boy racers may have been behind the crimes as the gas can be used to increase the power output of a car engine.

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