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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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Mystery monkey: history of unique Xenothrix fossil revealed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The monkey, called the xenothrix, was closely related to the titi monkey which lives in the Amazon A mysterious extinct monkey from Jamaica that is unlike any other in the fossil record has South American roots, according to new evidence. DNA extracted from fossilised bones suggests the monkey first colonised the island 11 million years ago. It had no predators there and it evolved strange features not seen in living monkeys today. But the animal went extinct a few hundred years ago, likely due…

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Video shows monkey ‘driving’ bus in Karnataka, India

Image copyright YouTube Image caption This is not the face of a man who is concerned by events An Indian bus driver has been suspended – for letting a monkey “drive” his bus. This is despite not one of the 30-or-so passengers on board the vehicle in southern Karnataka state complaining about their furry chauffeur. However, when a video of the relaxed – and apparently competent – langur monkey taking the wheel went viral, the human driver’s employers took action. The safety of passengers cannot be put at risk by…

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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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Belfast Zoo monkey dies following escape

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zoo staff are devastated by the loss A monkey from Belfast Zoo has died after being hit by a car. The spider monkey, which had escaped from the zoo on Saturday, was “clipped by a car” on the M2 motorway in north Belfast that evening. Zoo keepers had been tracking the monkey before the incident occurred. It was taken back to the zoo, but died shortly afterwards. Belfast City Council said they were investigating how the monkey escaped its enclosure. A number of people…

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