Mother and son in court over Dalglish grenade

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A mother and son appeared in court today charged in connection with a hand grenade left outside the home of football hero Kenny Dalglish.

The live grenade was found on the garden wall of the former Liverpool manager's house in Southport, Merseyside, on 27 July.

The incident was not thought to be an attack on Mr Dalglish or his family.

The grenade was found by police searching the local area as part of a continuing investigation.

Nobody was injured in the incident at the house in Selworthy Road, Birkdale, but the army's bomb disposal team were called to safely remove the device.

Mark Johnston, 21, of Maqueen Street, Old Swan, Liverpool, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit criminal damage with the intent to endanger life.

Carol Johnston, 50, also of Maqueen Street, has been charged with assisting an offender.

At South Sefton Magistrates in Bootle, Merseyside, today, Johnson was remanded in custody until next Friday, August 28, when he will appear at Liverpool Crown Court.

His mother was bailed to appear at the same hearing.

Two men were earlier also charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Simon Lewis Ignacio, 28, of Lee Park Avenue, Belle Vale, Liverpool, and Carl Higgins, 29, of Helston Green, Huyton-with-Roby, Merseyside, will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 2 September.