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Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire will be closed
for a third day while a health and safety investigation
continues into the death of a schoolgirl from Leicester.
11-year-old Evha Janneth was on the Splash Canyon Rapids ride
on Tuesday when she fell into the water.
The park closed yesterday as a mark of respect
Our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper's been
Drayton Manor has confirmed that the gates behind me will be
closed to visitors tomorrow and that is to allow the Health
and Safety Executive to continue their work on the ride.
Staffordshire police will also be here tomorrow.
This closure is unprecedented in the park's 67 year history
and the park's owners say their thoughts remain
with Evha's family and everyone he was affected by the incidents
Throughout today, flowers have continued to be laid at the entrance
to the park and Evha's family who spoke so movingly yesterday
about how their world had been torn apart by her death are now preparing
That is expected to take place sometime next week in Leicester
and the family say the whole community has been deeply
As for the investigation, it is expected that a postmortem
examination will be conducted on Monday and then an inquest is
Today, we heard that theme parks across Europe closed similar rides
but this evening we have heard from Merlin entertainment
who own a number of theme parks including Alton Towers and they say
they have conducted their own safety and risk assessment and spoken
to the Health and Safety Executive but as a result, they are confident
they can reopen those rides tomorrow and I think that is an indication
any wider safety concerns have been allayed fairly swiftly
but when things will reopen here it Drayton Manor isn't yet clear.
A man's been charged with using drones to fly
drugs and mobile phones into Birmingham Prison -
the first prosecution of its kind secured by West Midlands Police.
Drones were allegedly used to drop contraband into an exercise yard
at the jail in October and November last year.
27-year-old Michael Tovey, from Erdington, is set to appear
before Birmingham magistrates on the 7th of June.
The inquest into the death of a woman struck by debris in high
winds during storm Doris in February is to be held in October.
Further investigations need to be made into how 29-year-old
Tahnie Martin came to be hit by a piece of timber outside
Exactly four weeks to go now until polling day and nominations
have closed for candidates standing in the General Election.
So, in the run-up to June eighth, today was always going to be a big
moment for those seats where there are slim majorities.
That's why we sent our reporter Ben Godfrey to one tightly fought
West Midlands constituency to find out what issues are on the minds
It's a beautiful day in Dudley North, the seat held
by Labour since its creation in 1997 but high up on the list
We have come to Corbyn Road to see what people are thinking.
First we met Mandy Yerster, an undecided voter who wants
the next Government to champion social care.
Giving single parents more leeway, childcare because my son
is autistic, a little bit more help regarding autism and stuff.
With support for Labour, the Conservatives and Ukip in this
area - it's no surprise the big hitters have been
Far from getting ready for the next politician to visit -
Lyndon Corbett - just to clear it up he's the Corbyn Road beekeeper -
would welcome a ban on zero hours contract hours.
Lyndon also runs a business providing home care
It would be beneficial because we don't get paid enough to do these
jobs. Basically when you do a 15 minute call for an old-age pension
you do not have enough time to communicate with the one that is
what some of them the most of all. Retired shop worker Betty had a bee
in her bonnet when I caught up There is a lot of men in London,
they are not in the real world. My bus is here and I
am off, thank you! Some polling experts suggest
Dudley North may turn blue in fours weeks' time,
but on on Corbyn Road we found many That's for me to know
and you not to! People who work or play sport
outdoors are being urged to protect their skin now that
sunnier weather's around. According to a recent study,
working in the sun could lead to one death and five new cases
of melanoma every week. Laura May McMullan's been talking
to a former beach lifeguard from Shropshire who now
has incurable melanoma. First being diagnosed with melanoma
22 years ago and again in 2014. This time it's stage
4 and incurable. Melanoma is such a cruel
and unpredictable disease and I wouldn't want anyone to go
through what I've gone through, the surgeries,
the shock, the anxiety. In his youth, he spent years
working on the beaches Doctors say it's vital
for us to apply sun cream BEFORE we go in the sun,
and that's because we all have a different burning threshold -
when our skin starts to turn pink. Construction workers
are at the highest risk of skin cancer, due to long hours
of sun exposure. We've brought a UV camera
to this Wolverhampton site You can see some sun damage
on your cheeks, nose, and forehead. I wasn't surprised to see
I have damage to my skin. Without doubt, having seen
what has been evident, I've been sunburnt and after seeing
this today, I would, He's urging others to stop burning
up and instead cover up. If you take a look out
of your window you might be lucky enough to spot ivy,
hydrangeas, fuschia, magnolia, We have our ancestors
to thank for bringing The great explorers of the day
travelled the world. Ben Sidwell hasn't been that far,
but he did take a trip to the Malvern Spring Festival
on the trail of plant history. In the shadow of the Malvern Hills,
some of the greatest flora and fauna the world has to offer
and for this, we need to thank the Victorians which is what they're
doing this year at RHS Spring At the heart of the floral marquee
is the plant finder's parlour, It is important to the intrepid
explorers who search They would search for months on end,
some of them would never come back, some would come back with broken
legs and they would go in search for clients and bring them
back in Edwardian cases because they couldn't figure out how
to get the plans back. You don't have to go far
to find species Victorians These carnivorous plants
are from Malaysia and Indonesia. It was brought in by the Victorians
and remains in cultivation today so if it wasn't for the plant
hunters, they wouldn't There was one type of plant that
surprisingly got the Victorians more Now grown in abundance
in Warwickshire, in the 19th century There was a period known as fern
fever and they went mad for building little got
was like this where the theories could live
and the imagination was amazing. Today we are just as
captivated by horticulture. 100,000 people will come
to the showground in Malvern, making it the biggest gardening show
outside of London. I've been going to
Chelsea since 1968. If you were to say to me you can
pick one show way you like being, From award-winning show gardens
to pupils from local schools who are just
beginning their gardening journeys, the Victorians would be
amazed that the plants to discover are now common sights
in gardens across the country. Before we go, I'll leave you with
the weather from Rebecca Wood. Temperatures did very well indeed
today helped by the sunshine but through the afternoon we started
to see it turning a little more hazy, not quite the blue skies
but in Perthshire temperatures As we head through the next few days
there was a change on the way, gardens will be grateful for some
showers which will build and tomorrow we could get quite
a lot of rain through the day. Tonight, a few showers out
and about, some are quite lively across the South Midlands containing
a rumble of thunder Across the North Midlands,
with clear skies temperatures are still will not fall too far,
a muggy night, lows Tomorrow, a weather system moves
through, low-pressure back in charge and some showers,
unstable air so we see the first band of showers clearing
the way to the north, we are left with brighter spells
and showers star to trigger off with the heat and unstable air
so temperatures lower than they have been today,
16 to 17 Celsius but the sunshine Saturday, fine and dry,
Sunday more rain. More information on
the national forecast. We want to see the economy
work for everybody, not Now the weather.
, yes a humid dead. We have had photographs of the