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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Potentially dangerous conditions on the roads around Lincolnshire today. Drive sensibly and stay safe!
The Environment Secretary has celebrated the successful flood scheme recently opened in Upton upon Severn during a tour of the town.
The two flood defence schemes which have protected houses and businesses for the first time this winter cost £4.5m.
Mr Paterson toured the town with MP Harriett Baldwin. Both MPs paid tribute to the work of the Environment Agency for their work in helping people threatened by the bad weather.
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Residents in a Nottinghamshire village have created their own flood defences as flooding struck for the second time this month.
The villagers of Rolleston worked throughout the night to create a clay bank outside of their homes.
Many said they were only just clearing up after their homes were damaged by flooding three weeks ago.
A disgruntled commuter has put the M6 up for sale on auction site Ebay.
He claims the item is "used" and "not in great condition". It's "always in need of roadworks", so to compensate Corley Services will be thrown in for free.
Bidding started at 99p and the bid currently stands at £150, 600.
Fire services across the Midlands are dealing with hundreds of calls after heavy storms led to flash flooding.
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said a 90-year-old man was one of a number of people rescued from vehicles following downpours in the Bridgnorth area of the county.