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
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.
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A charity set up to help the homeless is launching a campaign for people and businesses to Sponsor a Bed in a new building on Merseyside. The idea is to provide accommodation and training or work to help people rebuild their lives and move on to live independently. Victoria Grimes explains more
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An end-of-term flashmob by pupils at a primary school in Liverpool has had the thumbs up from celebrity John Barrowman.
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.
Last year 338 people died from drowning, a figure that would be higher without the efforts of emergency services across the region.
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:
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.
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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