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Preston sign Jordan Pickford on loan

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Preston North End have signed goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on a season-long loan from Premier League Sunderland.

The 21-year-old, who has been at the Stadium of Light since he was eight years old, signed a new four year deal there over the summer.

The highly-rated England Under 20 international spent a large part of last season on loan Bradford City, playing in the only game that North End lost at Deepdale in 2014/15.

The Lilywhites beat a host of clubs to his signature and have allocated the Sunderland-born stopper the No.1 shirt.

Manager Simon Grayson was delighted with the latest addition to his squad and has been impressed by his development so far.

"As soon as we got wind that Jordan was available then we decided to sign him.

“We knew we needed to make the decision very quickly because he's a good, young, up and coming goalkeeper who has some good experience, he did very well at Bradford City last year and we feel he is going to fit well into the squad and have a really good season with us."


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.


New "Big One" at Blackpool to clean up the coast

Blackpool is to get another Big One but its not a new roller coaster. Its a new outfall pipe to try and clean up the waters off the coast.

Blackpool's new Big One is a kilometre long Credit: United Utilities

The new pipe is a kilometre long and weighs more than 2000 tonnes. It'll act as a relief valve for the town's sewer network during periods of heavy rain. Its been kept in North Wales and will take a team of engineers six weeks to install it in a specially built trench in the seabed off the Blackpool coast.

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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