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First of a kind liver transplant patient 'very happy'

A patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has become the first person in the world to have a liver transplant using a pioneering new procedure which could change the future of organ transplantation. Surgeons used a machine to resuscitate a donated liver which would previously have been discarded.

Satpal Mahal, who is from Walsall, had cirrhosis of the liver. He is now the first person in the world to have a liver transplant using what has been dubbed as the warm blood machine.

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Suspected illegal immigrants climb into back of moving lorry

A teacher from Bedworth in Warwickshire has been talking to ITV News about the moment he saw suspected illegal immigrants climbing into the back of a moving lorry in Calais.

Matt Stanley was on the way back from holiday in Dusseldorf when he saw the men and women open the back of the lorry as it queued up towards the Calais Docks.

They then make a desperate attempt to clamber into the back of the van while it was still moving.

Mr Stanley filmed the incident as it unfolded.

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Do gamblers have something in common with pigeons?

People who enjoy gambling have something in common with pigeons.

That is according to research, which suggests human gamblers and pigeons are 35% more likely to take greater risks when there is a chance of a big win.

Is it worth the gamble?
Is it worth the gamble? Credit: Nel Pavletic/PIXSELL

Birds are distantly related to humans, yet we still share the same basic psychology that drives risk-taking. This may be due to a shared common ancestry or similar evolutionary pressures.

When people gamble, they often rely on past experiences with risk and rewards to make decisions. What we found in this study is that pigeons used these past experiences in very similar ways to guide their future gambling decisions. Any big wins we've had in the past are memorable and stand-out when we are making our decision to gamble again.

– Dr Elliot Ludvig, from the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology

The pigeons and human volunteers were testing with four options - two that led to high-value rewards and two that led to low-value rewards. Humans were rewarded with points and the birds were rewarded with food.

The study, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, was conducted in collaboration with the University of Alberta, Canada, and part-funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute
The study, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, was conducted in collaboration with the University of Alberta, Canada, and part-funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

For each high or low reward level, one safe option resulted in a guaranteed fixed reward, and one risky option yielded a 50/50 chance of a better or worse outcome.

Both birds and humans were found to be 35% more likely to take a gamble on the high-value rewards.

Grandfather who died in fatal crash named by police

A 59-year-old grandfather who died in a car crash in Solihull last week has been named as Stephen Beckett.

His car, a Vauxhall Astra, crashed with a Range Rover on Bills Lane at the junction of Langcomb Road at around 2:35pm on Sunday 17 August.

His nine-year-old grandson was also in the car. He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The 19-year-old driver of the Range Rover who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Ed Slater named Leicester Tigers' club captain

Leicester Tigers' Ed Slater
Leicester Tigers' Ed Slater Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Ed Slater will be Leicester Tigers' club captain for the 2014/15 season.

Slater made his debut with the Tigers four years ago after returning from Australia.

He is fast approaching 100 first team appearances for the club.

He succeeds Toby Flood.

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Thanks for messages. Proud to captain this great club, but even more so to be a part of this team. #tigers

Man arrested after found hiding behind lorry air spoiler on M6

The M6 in Birmingham
The M6 in Birmingham Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

A man has been arrested in Birmingham after he was found hiding behind the air spoiler of a lorry that had travelled from Calais.

Police were alerted by the driver at around 6:30pm yesterday. The driver pulled over on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junction 6 and 7 after hearing noises.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man, thought to be from Africa, on suspicion of immigration offences. He is currently in custody at a local police station.

The UK border force has been informed.

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