A woman has apologised to fans of Preston North End after claiming she was suffering from terminal cancer.
Linda Moon from Preston told family and friends she had incurable bowel cancer and that it was her dying wish to see her team play in the League One Play Off final at Wembley. She was given signed shirts and had visits from some of her footballing heroes.
But today she admitted she made it all up.
Our correspondent Elaine Willcox reports:
Lost both my parents to cancer within 3 months of each other so it saddens me to hear how low people can stoop for their own gain
I'm not easily shocked and love helping people but incidents like this makes it harder. There are lots of genuine people around however
A woman who lied about having terminal cancer has apologised. Linda Moon, 33, said she had incurable bowel cancer and it was her dying wish to see Preston North End promoted to the Championship. Linda had been given signed shirts and had even had visits from some of her footballing heroes.
Linda has now given an interview to Rock Fm after rumours began to circulate on twitter that her story wasn't all it seemed. It followed the emergence of a text message from her brother which threw the illness into doubt. Linda does however, have a vascular disease which does require treatment.
She said: “It came out as cancer and it all just spiralled out of control and I couldn’t get out of it.” She added: "I've hurt and upset a lot of people, all I can do, sincerely from my heart is apologise."
Linda says she will get help and has already made an appointment, she says she is in contact with the police over concerns for her safety.
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Granada Reports first spoke to Linda after the play offs when the Club paid a special visit to her home with Preston's new silverware.
In the interview, Linda spoke about in detail about the cancer, claims which she has now admitted are untrue.
Watch the interview here:
An apprentice mechanic from Preston has been given a three-year football banning order after he assaulted Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt at the end of the League One play-off semi-final.
Matthew Edwards was said to have "got carried away" during a pitch invasion while celebrating his "beloved" Preston North End's victory over Chesterfield.
CCTV footage captured the 20-year-old weaving his way through fans and then forcefully grasping the shoulder of Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt from behind.
When Evatt turned round, a fellow supporter stepped in to drag away Edwards, who, magistrates heard, had wanted to "take the mick" out of the defender who used to play for Preston's arch-rivals Blackpool.
Edwards then appeared to shout abuse at Evatt, who had to be escorted from the Deepdale pitch for his own safety.
Edwards, of Southern Avenue, Preston, was also fined £135 and ordered to pay costs of £255 after he pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates' Court to assault by beating.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Evatt, 33, was assaulted "by at least two people" and verbally abused "by many more" at the conclusion of the televised match on May 10.
Footage of the incident led to Edwards being identified by a police constable and then arrested the following day.
Edwards denied setting out to assault Evatt before he left his seat in the stand and denied intending to punch him.
Evatt reported to police that he had been "punched, kicked and spat on" and later said in a radio interview that he had been "terrified".
Lancashire Constabulary continue to investigate the incident, with several other people being sought.
CCTV images have been released after a man caused criminal damage to student accommodation in Preston.
The incident took place at around 8.15 on the morning of Sunday May 3 at a set of flats on Tithebarn Street.
Once the door was open it's believed he went inside in search of the occupant of the flat before leaving without further incident. Another man also entered the premises once the door was opened.
Around £400 worth of damage was caused to the door.
PC Paul Goulding of Preston Police said:
“We have some really clear CCTV footage of this incident and I would urge the public to watch the footage and pass on any information that could help us to identify the man involved."
“The footage also shows the man with a group of people including a woman with a pram. We are keen to trace any of these witnesses as they may have important information that could help us with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 01772 209784 quoting log number 1285 of May 3rd. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
Preston North End have released a statement after images appeared to show a woman taking Jermaine Beckford's shirt from a child after the League One Play Off on Sunday.
The club say they will provide a shirt signed by Beckford to the child.
The statement in full said:
"The Club are fully aware of an incident in Sunday’s Play-Off Final win over Swindon Town involving Jermaine Beckford’s match shirt.
The Club have been in consultation with the Football League and the parents of the child who is alleged to have had the shirt taken from him as seen on television cameras covering the match.
Please note, no one involved in this situation is connected with Preston North End in any way, shape or form.
The people seated in the area of the incident attended the Play-Off Final as part of the League One Football League Kids’ Cup Final which was played earlier in the day.
We are delighted to say that Jermaine is more than happy to sign and present the child involved with his spare match shirt from the game.
The Club will also provide a stadium tour for the youngster.
If the shirt that Jermaine wore is returned to us, we will of course present this to the child in question instead.
The Club will not be commenting further on the matter at this time and would like the focus returned to Sunday’s fantastic achievement and building towards what will be an exciting season in the Championship."
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