Heroin prescriptions for those addicted to the drug have been proposed as a means of cutting drug-related crime in the West Midlands.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has released a "bold" new report in an attempt to reduce crime and deaths.

The report has been supported by politicians and several charities.

It also called for people to be able to test illegal drugs in the region's nightspots.

Under the proposals prescription heroin could be given, in a medical setting, to addicts who have not responded to other treatments.

Last year, Durham Police became the first force in the country to treat users with diamorphine - medical grade heroin - in consumption rooms supervised by medical professionals.