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

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

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Education: Swim & Survive

A life saving session organised by Nelson Fire Service for police cadets aged 13 to 18. Credit: GTV

The family of a teenager from Colne who drowned last year want water safety to be part of the national curriculum. James Goodship died at Fullridge reservoir after becoming stranded on a raft. The Royal Life Saving Society say drowning can be prevented by teaching people survival and water rescue skills.

CCTV appeal following rape in Toxteth

Detectives from the specialist Unity team have released CCTV of a man who they would like to speak following a rape in Toxteth on Sunday, 19 July 2015.

Detectives believe that the man, featured in the stills, could have vital information which could help them with their investigation. They are appealing to him, or anyone who may know him, to come forward.

The incident happened in Beaumont Street close to the junction with Dove Street just before 6.30am.

The 21-year-old victim was walking along Beaumont Street on her way to her partner's house when she was approached by a man she didn't know, who started talking to her.

After a brief conversation the man pushed her to the ground and raped her before leaving the scene in an unknown direction.

Detective Sergeant Paul Donaghy from the force's specialist Unity team said: "We have now spoken to the victim and can confirm that this is being investigated as a rape. This has had a traumatic effect on the young woman and she is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened to her and will have to live with this for the rest of her life.

"We believe that the man in the CCTV footage we have released today may have information which could help us with our investigation and we would urge him, or anyone who recognises him to come forward and contact the Unity team on 0151 777 1382, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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End-of-term flashmob gets celebrity thumbs up

An end-of-term flashmob by pupils at a primary school in Liverpool has had the thumbs up from celebrity John Barrowman.

The Belle Vale flashmob Credit: Belle Vale School

The kids at Belle Vale Primary School celebrated the end of the school year, and surprised plenty of mums and dads, with their surprise flash mob.

And their dancing got the seal of approval from West End star, John Barrowman.

Special investigation: saving lives in the water

Last year 338 people died from drowning, a figure that would be higher without the efforts of emergency services across the region.

GMFRS firefighters training in fast-water in Wales Credit: Granada Reports

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say that they deal with more more water-related deaths than fires.

In the second of her special reports into water safety, our correspondent Amy Welch has been with the lifesavers training inland, and on the sea:

Further arrests over Kevin Wilson murder

Police in Liverpool have arrested two people on suspicion of the murder of a teenager.

Kevin Wilson was shot in the back outside his home in Wavertree in February.

Kevin Wilson was shot in the back outside his home in Wavertree in February

The two warrants were executed this morning in Edge Hill and Toxteth areas of the city, and a 38-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man are being questioned by police.

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