A Midlands company has helped develop a gun which fires pellets filled with artificial DNA that could help convict suspected rioters.
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ITV News finds out what caused a huge bang tonight - involving fighter jets and an emergency response.
Just over 100,000 are now without power spread across south west, Wales and East Midlands where on land wind speeds have now exceeded 100 mph.
Airborne debris and uprooted trees are causing the damage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The government's preferred route for the HS2 rail extension passes close to a number of natural beauty spots north of Birmingham including Shugborough Hall and the village of Great Haywood.
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