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Letchworth ambulance depot cylinders stolen

Entonox cylinder
Image caption The Entonox cylinders are designed for use by health professionals

Several cylinders containing a pain-relieving drug have been stolen from an ambulance depot in Hertfordshire.

The East of England Ambulance Service said a store room at Letchworth was broken into late on Wednesday.

Staff based at the station realised Entonox cylinders were missing. Medical director Pam Crispin said the drug had side-effects if used incorrectly.

These include feeling sick and tension pneumothorax, which can be very serious, she added.

Tension pneumothorax occurs when air gets into a layer of the lung and cannot escape, which can lead to the lung collapsing.

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