09/04/2017 Midlands Today


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Good evening. for the news where you are.


A potentially lethal batch of the Class B drug Black Mamba


is being distributed around Birmingham, according


It comes after a man died in the city centre overnight


The man who died was found in Fletcher's Walk in the early


Police say he was homeless and believed to be in his 30s.


Despite help from paramedics, he couldn't be saved.


He'd been helped in the past by Birmingham homeless outreach.


This lad that died this morning was very, very popular.


He had a lot of friends on the streets, they loved him,


And we're seeing young kids out here with drink and drug problems,


family problems out here, off their face on this.


You know, they can't move, they can't talk.


And within a few months, I'll be honest, most of them die.


-- within a few months of being on this.


Black Mamba, also known as Spice, was recently reclassified


A number of homeless charities told me use initially dropped,


but in the last few months, it's surged.


We're having ambulances out three, four times a morning,


it's not a Class A drug, so the law is not so strict on it.


And it's available everywhere, on the internet, they just ring


people up, people will bring it out to them.


West Midlands Police say they believe the current batch


of drugs on the streets of Birmingham is potentially lethal.


Officers say they will take strong action against anyone involved


in the production or supply of the drugs as they work


to stamp out the supply chain across the region.


A picture of a young Birmingham woman smiling at an EDL protestor


The photo of Saffiyah Khan was taken at yesterday's


It's already been retweeted thousands of times


Police in Cheltenham say they're concerned for the welfare


23-year-old Heidi Slender went missing from her home


in the Vittoria Walk area last week and was last seen on Wednesday


People across the region have been soaking up the sunshine today


The average for this time of year is around 13 degrees.


Joanne Writtle has been out and about in Shropshire and Birmingham.


Stunningly unseasonal weather drew crowds to Ironbridge in Shropshire


as temperatures more akin to June bathed the Gorge in sunshine.


It's quite surprising, in April, to see the weather so nice.


Happy to be out like this in April, we expect this in the summer.


The summer rays were welcome news for people running the nearby


We're so lucky to be launching our Easter holiday


Birmingham had a record number of tourists last year.


39 million visitors, according to Marketing Birmingham.


So this kind of sunshine is a welcome extra boost


for places like here, Cannon Hill Park.


Tourism revenue reached ?6.5 million in the city with 70,000 jobs


But today, all people were interested in were the 22


It's a lovely day to get out, get some nice fresh air,


get down to the park, get an ice cream.


I hope that it will last a little bit longer,


because sometimes we don't get so much chance to get this


Over to the experts to find out the answers to that.


Things are set to change as we head into this evening.


A cold front is going to start to work its way down


from the north-west and that will introduce cooler


So, it seems it was good while it lasted.


After a really warm weekend, things will turn noticeably cooler


Overnight, a cold front introducing thicker cloud and the odd spot


of drizzle but for many places, a dry night with clear spells


There will be a good deal of dry, bright weather tomorrow,


A north-westerly breeze may bring in one or two showers from time


to time and even in the sunshine, temperatures will not feel


We stay with that cooler theme as we head on through the week.


A lot of dry weather to be had, but noticeably windier on Wednesday.


Midlands Today is back tomorrow morning just after six o'clock.


Good evening. Was it spring or summer today? They crushed and some


of you may have been asking. A beautiful day across much of eastern


and south-eastern England. We saw highs of 25 degrees. Slightly


fresher in the north-west of England, and much fresher behind the


rain bearing weather front in the far north-west. As the front pushes


south, it will weaken. We will not see rain, but it introduces cooler


air behind. The showers overnight in Scotland will fall as sleet and


snow. It will be a cold start first


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