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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


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.


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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