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'Smart drugs' worth £200,000 seized in Midlands raid

A batch of so-called smart drugs worth £200,000 - including substances never tested on humans - has been found in the largest seizure of apparent intelligence-enhancing drugs in the UK.

Around 20,000 units of 13 different "cognitive enhancers" were taken in the raid on a lock-up in the Midlands after a tip off via Norwegian customs.

The drugs have been targeted at students because they aid concentration and ward off sleep.

A spokesperson for the medicines regulator that carried out the raid confirmed a man had been cautioned. He added:

This is a recent and very worrying trend. The idea that people are willing to put their overall health at risk in order to attempt to get an intellectual edge over others is deeply troubling.

– Alastair Jeffrey, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's head of enforcement

While it would be legal to possess the seized drugs, it is illegal to sell or supply prescription-only or unlicensed medicines.


Three new severe flood warnings issued for Midlands

Three new severe flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency for the Midlands. They include:

  • River Severn at Minsterworth and Quedgeley including Calcott's Green
  • Tidal Severn from Elmore to Rodley including Longney
  • Westbury, Broadoak and Newnham on the Severn Estuary

There are currently 17 severe flood warnings in place, which are issued when there is a threat to life or property.

Children 'more likely to be granted asylum in Midlands'

An inspection found that unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were less than half as likely to be granted asylum in London as in the Midlands.

According to the report:

  • In London only 15.3% of unaccompanied children were granted asylum
  • That compares to 37.5% in the Midlands

Asylum decisions for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children took an "unacceptably long" average of 141 days in the Midlands - double the 64 days taken in London, report author Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine said.

BMJ's exercise findings in full

According to the BMJ's research into exercise taken by seven-year-olds:

  • Only on in three (33 percent) of Bangladeshi children managed the recommended exercise minimum.
  • Children in Scotland were the second worst country for overall activity. Only 52.5 percent were able to meet the one hour target.
  • Seven-year-olds living in the north west of England were the most likely to hit the one hour mark, with 58 percent taking part in vigorous exercise.
  • However, children in the midlands came in last, with only 46 percent likely to meet the bare minimum.
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Police launch Harlem Shake video in a bid to recruit cadets

Staffordshire Police has teamed up with Stafford Sports College to produce a video of popular internet dance craze, the Harlem Shake, in a bid to recruit new cadets.

The recruitment drive is a cadet scheme where young people help police tackle anti-social behaviour in the local community.

The dance sequence, which began in Australia, has been performed by other police forces, fire services and universities in the Midlands, helping the craze top one billion views on YouTube.


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Staffordshire firefighters do the 'Harlem Shake'

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are the latest to make and star in their own Harlem Shake video.

The Harlem Shake is the latest viral trend to captivate people across the world, with thousands of people recording their own dance and posting it on YouTube over the last two weeks.

To learn how to do the Harlem Shake and see some of the best videos from across the Midlands, click here.

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