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Arms find: Police renew appeal for information

By Deborah McAleese

Published 21/06/2016

Terrorist hide uncovered at Capanagh Forest outside Larne
Terrorist hide uncovered at Capanagh Forest outside Larne

Police have returned to the scene of two arms hides in Co Antrim in a bid to disrupt potential terrorist activity.

Explosive devices, bomb parts and ammunition were discovered last month hidden in Capanagh Forest.

In March bomb-making components were uncovered at nearby Carnfunnock Country Park.

Some of the weapons, which were stashed in blue barrels and buried in purpose-built holes in the woods, were primed and ready for use.

Arms uncovered included a missile known as an Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP) which can destroy heavily armoured vehicles.

PSNI Detective Inspector Adrian Brown, from Serious Crime Branch, said: "We have mounted checkpoints in the area to talk to local people and visitors about activity at both locations over recent months. In both cases, it was the vigilance of members of the public which alerted police to the hauls.

"We are appealing again to the public to assist us and work with us, to give us any information they have about activity in these areas, both Carnfunnock and Capanagh, which might assist.

"The threat level in Northern Ireland from dissident republican groups remains severe, which means an attack is highly likely. It is vital people remain vigilant, wherever they are and whatever they are doing." Information can be passed to police on the non-emergency number 101 or on Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.

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