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Police target suspected drug dealers in dawn raids

One of the four arrested men is led away by officers after a raid this morning Credit: West Midlands Police

Eagle-eyed neighbours led police to arrest four suspected drug dealers in a series of dawn raids across the West Midlands today.

A 46-year-old man from Albert Road in Aston, a 38-year-old man from Foleshill Road, Coventry, a 37-year-old man from Cumberland Road, Hateley Heath and a 23-year-old man from Grestone Avenue in Handsworth were all arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

The police action was sparked when Neighbourhood Watch members reported suspicious kerbside cash exchanges.

Man hospitalised after bus station chemical leak

A man in his 60s has been sent to Coventry's Walsgrave hospital after he reacted to a 'noxious gas' that came from a cleaning product in the public toilets of the city's bus station.

Paramedics have treated and discharged the three other people affected, and they do not believe the final man's condition to be serious.

Police have also lifted the cordon at Pool Meadow bus station, on Fairfax Street, and say services should return to normal shortly.


'Noxious gas' injures four in bus station toilets

Four people have fallen ill after visiting the public toilets at Pool Meadow bus station in Coventry Credit: BPM Media

Four people have fallen ill after visiting the public toilets at Pool Meadow bus station in Coventry.

Paramedics arrived at the Fairfax Street scene at 2.15pm to treat three men and one woman who had reacted badly to an 'unknown substance'.

They told doctors they were feeling sick and had sore throats and runny eyes. It was initially reported that five people were injured but a further patient who had already left by the time paramedics arrived did not suffer any symptoms.

Police believe the problems were caused by cleaning fluid which released a noxious gas.

The bus station remains closed, and their are severe delays on city bus routes.

"The area has been cordoned off and the bus station is currently closed whilst emergency services work to make the area safe.

“We’d urge people to make alternative travel arrangements if they were planning to use local buses from the station."

– West Midlands Police incident manager, Chief Inspector Jack Hadley

Five hurt in chemical leak at Coventry bus station

Coventry's Pool Meadow bus station has been sealed off after five people were hurt in a suspected chemical leak.

Their symptoms are believed to minor, but emergency services are at the scene.

As a result of the incident, National Express in Coventry are reporting severe delays on their services, and buses are being diverted away from the city centre station.


Man trapped by collapsed dashboard in crash on M6

A workman was left trapped by his legs for more than an hour after a crash between a flatbed van and an HGV on the M6 this morning.

The man, aged 52, was the front seat passenger in the van and was trapped when the front of the vehicle crumpled in the smash, with the dashboard pinning his legs down.

Long delays on the M6 northbound Credit:

Emergency crews were called to the northbound carriageway at junction two for Coventry shortly before 5am.

Paramedics and firefighters worked for around 75 minutes to free the man. He was then taken to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire suffering injuries to his leg and head.

Traffic was at a standstill due to the closure of the carriageway Credit:

The middle seat rear passenger in the van, a man in his early 20s, was taken to the same hospital with minor neck pain.

Two other passengers and the driver, along with the lorry driver, were discharged at the scene.

The motorway was initially completely closed, but has since been reopened.

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