Newnham festival-goer given suspended sentence after nitrous oxide arrest

Jahvani Speede-Thomas was found with 100 nitrous oxide cylinders at Farr Festival last July. Picture

Jahvani Speede-Thomas was found with 100 nitrous oxide cylinders at Farr Festival last July. Picture: Archant - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A London festival-goer has been given a suspended prison sentence after he was found with 100 cylinders of nitrous oxide at Newnham’s Farr Festival.

Jahvani Speede-Thomas, of Sutton Court Road in Chiswick, was arrested on July 7 last year after being found in possession of the laughing gas in Bygrave Woods near Baldock. The 27-year-old was also found with £700 in cash and balloons.

He was arrested and charged with possession a psychoactive substance with intent to supply.

Speede-Thomas pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, and was sentenced to six months in prison - suspended for 21 months.

He has also been made to pay £425 in court costs, take part in 10 days of rehabilitation activities and 180 hours of unpaid work.

The investigating officer, PC Jess Berg, said: "I hope this sends a clear message to anyone who maybe thinking of partaking in a similar activity as the festival season approaches.

"Selling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it is also known, for personal consumption is an offence and could land you with a custodial sentence.

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"We take this kind of activity very seriously in Hertfordshire and this is not the first time we have successfully prosecuted someone for selling a psychoactive substance in this way."

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