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Mother of monkey dust drug addict warns of dangers

Jane Eagles has allowed a BBC film crew into her son’s flat to show the devastation the drug monkey dust can cause. Kevin Eagles from Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is currently in jail after he climbed up on a roof whilst high on the class B drug and threw roof tiles at police. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage and affray at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last month and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. His mother told Jeremy Cooke that the drug has ruined her son’s life. Meanwhile, Staffordshire Police has…

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Monkey dust: ‘I hate that I’m addicted’

It has led people to jump off buildings, bite others and run into people’s homes. Now police say it is only a matter of time before someone dies as the result of “monkey dust” – a synthetic drug rising in popularity in the West Midlands. One man, who gave his name as Smithy, has been using it for over a year – but wishes he was not addicted. Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 BST on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel in…

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Monkey Dust drug use ‘an epidemic’, emergency workers warn

Image copyright Staffordshire Police Image caption Ch Supt Jeff Moore said organisations need to work together to prevent people using monkey dust Use of a drug which can put users in a violent, paranoid state with “superhuman strength” is at epidemic levels, emergency workers have warned. Dubbed Monkey Dust, the “highly unpredictable” substance has caused people to jump off buildings and run into traffic, police said. Stoke-on-Trent, resembled a scene from a zombie film thanks to the drug, one paramedic told the BBC. Staffordshire Police said it was working on…

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Massive Martian dust storm threatens plucky NASA rover

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An immense dust storm that may soon encircle Mars is threatening one of NASA’s rovers on the planet’s surface, with the vehicle becoming dormant and unresponsive at a site called Perseverance Valley, U.S. space agency officials said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters July 29, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University/Handout The officials, however, expressed optimism that the Opportunity rover, which was built to operate for three months but has thrived on Mars since January 2004,…

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India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A thick blanket of dust has added to the woes of the city Residents of India’s capital Delhi are battling high pollution levels and extreme temperatures due to an unusual dust haze covering the city. People have been complaining about breathing problems, with many saying the city has become unliveable. The state government has responded by banning all construction and deploying the fire brigade to sprinkle water across the city. People have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. “In this case,…

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Mars rover Opportunity goes dormant amid huge dust storm

Image copyright NASA Image caption Nasa released a series of photographs showing how Opportunity witnessed the darkening Martian sky A huge dust storm has forced Nasa’s solar-powered Opportunity rover into a dormant state, space engineers say. The unusually intense storm has blotted out the Sun over a quarter of the planet’s surface, Nasa said. Agency officials say they are “concerned” after the nearly 15-year-old robotic explorer shut down almost all its functions. They say they hope the rover will wake up once the storm has passed. John Callas, Opportunity project…

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Massive Martian dust storm threatens plucky NASA rover

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An immense dust storm that may soon encircle Mars is threatening one of NASA’s rovers on the planet’s surface, with the vehicle becoming dormant and unresponsive at a site called Perseverance Valley, U.S. space agency officials said on Wednesday. The officials, however, expressed optimism that the Opportunity rover, which was built to operate for three months but has thrived on Mars since January 2004, will be able to survive and continue its scientific mission. John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said…

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