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Boy with half a heart recovering after operation

A five-year-old boy who used the ice bucket challenge to appeal for a life-saving heart transplant is recovering in hospital after a donor responded to his online message.

Albert Tansey from Burbage in Leicestershire used polystyrene instead of ice because his health was so frail. But his version of the fundraising craze was liked and shared through social media more than three thousand times.

Speaking for the first time since his operation, Albert's parents say his efforts have led to an increase in the numbers of people signing up to become organ donors. Chris Halpin reports.

Stephen Sutton's best friend accepts his award

A Newcastle University student has accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his best friend, fundraiser Stephen Sutton Credit: Facebook/Stephens Story

A Staffordshire-born student has accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his best friend, fundraiser Stephen Sutton.

Chris Bullock, 19, who studies at Newcastle University, attended the National Lottery Awards where he was presented with the Special Achievement Award.

The award is given to somebody who has made an outstanding contribution to society with the help of Lottery funding.

It was awarded to Stephen in recognition of his National Good Gestures Day campaign, run with support from Lottery-funded charity Fixers.

The 19-year-old, who died from bowel cancer in May, hosted his first Good Gestures Day event in Birmingham last year. It saw his team hand out free hugs, high fives and handshakes with the simple aim of spreading happiness.

Fixers is now working to make Good Gestures Day an annual event, in accordance with Stephen's wishes.

"I felt extremely proud to go up on stage with Ste's family and friends. I can't think of a better way than to celebrate all that Ste achieved, and what a way to do it.

"Ste would have loved the ceremony and he would have been very jealous about all the celebrities we got to meet and dance with."

"I felt extremely proud to go up on stage with Ste's family and friends. I can't think of a better way than to celebrate all that Ste achieved, and what a way to do it.

"Ste would have loved the ceremony and he would have been very jealous about all the celebrities we got to meet and dance with."

– Chris Bullock, Stephen Sutton's best friend

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Police target suspected drug dealers in dawn raids

One of the four arrested men is led away by officers after a raid this morning Credit: West Midlands Police

Eagle-eyed neighbours led police to arrest four suspected drug dealers in a series of dawn raids across the West Midlands today.

A 46-year-old man from Albert Road in Aston, a 38-year-old man from Foleshill Road, Coventry, a 37-year-old man from Cumberland Road, Hateley Heath and a 23-year-old man from Grestone Avenue in Handsworth were all arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

The police action was sparked when Neighbourhood Watch members reported suspicious kerbside cash exchanges.

Local sportsmen nominated at Asian Cricket Awards

Moeen Ali has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards.

Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra, Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid and Essex man Ravi Bopara join Ali in the list for the award, which will be presented at Lord's next month.

Ali, who is of Pakistani heritage and was born in Birmingham, made a major contribution towards England's recent series win against India in the Investec Test series.

Chopra led Birmingham Bears to the T20 Blast title, and was recently appointed full-time captain ahead of their Royal London One-Day Cup final against Durham on Saturday.

Birmingham Bears skipper Varun Chopra is also nominated for the award Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hopes for last-ditch rescue of Phone 4u dashed

Phones 4u has gone into administration Credit: PA

Hopes for a last-ditch rescue of Phones 4u have been quashed as talks continue over deals to save at least some of its shops and jobs.

Administrators from PwC said it was in discussions with three parties over the potential sale of assets following the company's collapse on Sunday.

However, it said a proposed debt-for-equity swap in which bondholders agree to cut back on what they are owed in order to reopen contract talks with network operators EE and Vodafone was not an option.

PwC expects to pay the majority of salaries and wage arrears and paid tribute to the co-operation of staff since the shock demise of the business.

Joint administrator Rob Hunt said: "Thousands of people have stuck with us during the course of this week in difficult circumstances."

Some 560 stores and 4,800 jobs are still at risk after Dixons Carphone agreed a deal yesterday to take on the 800 staff who had worked at 160 Phones 4u concessions within Currys/PC World stores.

All Phones 4u stores are currently shut while PwC attempts to find buyers.

A call with bondholders today heard a statement from Phones 4u's private equity owner BC Partners in which it said it was devastated by the collapse.

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Man hospitalised after bus station chemical leak

A man in his 60s has been sent to Coventry's Walsgrave hospital after he reacted to a 'noxious gas' that came from a cleaning product in the public toilets of the city's bus station.

Paramedics have treated and discharged the three other people affected, and they do not believe the final man's condition to be serious.

Police have also lifted the cordon at Pool Meadow bus station, on Fairfax Street, and say services should return to normal shortly.

Keane's 'volcanic' personality key to Villa's start

Aston Villa Assistant manager Roy Keane Credit: PA

Alan Hutton says Roy Keane's "volcanic" personality has been key to Aston Villa's impressive start.

The defender believes the Villa assistant has added fire to the dressing room after his summer arrival.

Villa are second in the Barclays Premier League and host Arsenal on Saturday after opening their campaign with four unbeaten games.

And right-back Hutton, who signed a three-year deal at the club this week, said Keane's famous passion is vital.

"He can be occasionally volcanic, is that threat useful? I think so, it keeps you on your toes, but you want to perform for yourself," he said.

"You know he'll give you the shot you need to perform and spur you on, it's not a negative thing.

"You just have to look at his career, if there's anything you need to ask he's the man to go to. Just to have a man like that in your corner is unbelievable.

"He's passionate about the game, so if anyone needs to say anything about the game he's the man to do it."

'Noxious gas' injures four in bus station toilets

Four people have fallen ill after visiting the public toilets at Pool Meadow bus station in Coventry Credit: BPM Media

Four people have fallen ill after visiting the public toilets at Pool Meadow bus station in Coventry.

Paramedics arrived at the Fairfax Street scene at 2.15pm to treat three men and one woman who had reacted badly to an 'unknown substance'.

They told doctors they were feeling sick and had sore throats and runny eyes. It was initially reported that five people were injured but a further patient who had already left by the time paramedics arrived did not suffer any symptoms.

Police believe the problems were caused by cleaning fluid which released a noxious gas.

The bus station remains closed, and their are severe delays on city bus routes.

"The area has been cordoned off and the bus station is currently closed whilst emergency services work to make the area safe.

“We’d urge people to make alternative travel arrangements if they were planning to use local buses from the station."

– West Midlands Police incident manager, Chief Inspector Jack Hadley

Police search for missing West Heath pensioner

Trevor Bow, 68, who went missing yesterday Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are asking the public to help in the search for a pensioner who went missing yesterday.

Trevor Bow, 68, was last seen at his home in Old Meadow Road, West Heath at around 7.30pm. His family are now deeply concerned for his welfare.

Trevor was last seen wearing a blue checked shirt, dark trousers and a blue anorak. He is around 5ft 7” tall and has grey receding hair.

"Trevor’s disappearance is completely out of character and we urgently need to ensure that he is safe and well.

"We are asking anyone who has seen Trevor since yesterday to give us a call so that we can find him as soon as possible."

– PC Mark Roberts, from Stechford police station
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