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Carrickfergus: Man charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition

Police investigating ongoing paramilitary activity in the Carrickfergus area, have charged a 37-year-old man with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Whoriskey said: "Officers continue to be proactive in policing Castlemara estate and the wider Carrickfergus area in order to reassure local residents and above all to keep people safe.

"As our investigations continue we would appeal to anyone with information about criminal activity in the area to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

Meanwhile a PSNI commander called for mediation to resolve the bitter loyalist dispute in the Castlemara estate that has so far cost £1.6 million to police.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said police were extremely concerned about the situation. He said the dispute involved the South East Antrim UDA and a local family.

The officer said nine people had been charged in relation to the situation since May.

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Mr Martin said the South East Antrim UDA was a sizeable organisation comprising "several hundred" members.

He said a police presence was required in the estate on a daily basis - something that was draining funds and diverting resources from other priorities.

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