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Fundraiser for Latics star

A special fundraising match is taking place later for Wigan player Juan Carlos Garcia. The 27 year old Honduras international is suffering from a form of leukaemia and is being treated at the Christie in Manchester. The player has won 34 caps for Honduras and featured twice at the 2014 World Cup.

Latics fans and stars from the past will go head to head at Ashton Town's ground in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Cyril Smith abuse investigation was dropped due to lack of evidence

Cyril Smith Credit: PA

A police investigation into allegations against Cyril Smith was dropped due to lack of evidence.

The revelation follows claims made by the Rochdale Labour MP Simon Danczuk who said Mr Smith was released by police who found pictures of child abuse in his car.

Simon Danczuk MP

Northamptonshire Police investigated the claims against its officers.

But said they couldn't find sufficient evidence.

Mr Smith, who died five years ago, was dogged by abuse allegations throughout his career, though he was never prosecuted.


Police investigate arson attack in Salford

GMP investigating arson attack in Salford Credit: GMP

Police want to trace two men on a moped after an arson attack in Salford.

The men pulled up outside a house on Kingsford Street in Seedley at around 11.30pm on Sunday 26 July 2015.

The passenger got off the bike and set fire to rag stuffed into a bottle and threw it at the front door of the house.

A man and his son, who live in the house escaped through the back door as a neighbour put the flames out.

Detective Constable Andrew Quinn based at Pendleton police station said:

“If it wasn’t for the swift actions of a neighbour who quickly extinguished this fire, then this incident could have been far worse.

“Neither the police nor the occupants of this house are aware of any reason that could have driven someone to do this.

One of our lines of enquiry is that this could be a case of mistaken identity, but in any case, this attack has left the residents of this address and also neighbouring properties absolutely devastated.

“We are making enquiries to identify the two individuals responsible and are appealing to the public for their help. If anyone saw these two men acting suspiciously on the moped, either before or after the attack, on neighbouring streets, then please get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Andrew Quinn

Festival is back for its 10th year

The Kendal Calling music festival is back for the 10th year.

Thousands are expected to make the trip to South Cumbria for the four day event.

Manchester's James will be among the headline acts along with DJs Mr Scruff and Dave Haslam.

Elbow will be performing on Saturday Credit: pa

Headlining on Saturday are rockers Elbow, from Bury.

The weekend will also see performances from the Kaiser Chiefs and Snoop Dogg.

Liverpool man found guilty of buying deadly poison ricin from Dark Web

Officers used a UV light to find traces of the fake poison on Ali Credit: GMP

A man from Liverpool has been found guilty of trying to buy deadly ricin poison from the Dark Web after being inspired by the hit US television series Breaking Bad.

An Old Bailey jury deliberated for around five and a half hours to convict software programmer Mohammed Ali, 31, of attempting to possess a chemical weapon between January 10 and February 12.

Under the username Weirdos 0000, Ali struck a deal with a supplier on the internet black market to buy 500mg of powder for 500 US dollars - enough to kill 1,400 people.

Ali was unaware that his source Psychochem was in fact an FBI agent who tipped off police in England and substituted the consignment of ricin for harmless powder.

After the father of two took delivery of a toy car with five vials hidden in the battery compartment, police swooped to arrest him at his home in Prescot Road, Liverpool.

Under ultraviolet light, Ali's face lit up showing that he had handled the package which had been specially treated with a marker substance

A toy car was recovered which contained the substance which Ali believed was Ricin Credit: GMP
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