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City centre tent man had fake firearm

By Alan Erwin

A man has appeared in court accused of having an imitation gun with him in a tent on St Patrick's Day.

Christopher Southam, of no fixed address, was arrested after police were called to Bradbury Place in Belfast.

The 40-year-old was detained at a tent pitched on the busy city street last Friday.

Defence counsel Michael Boyd told Belfast Magistrates Court that the firearm offence was accepted.

"I know the prosecution aren't in a position to accept a plea, but it seems to be quite straight forward," the barrister said.

Southam also faces a separate count of stealing a mobile phone from a bar in Enniskillen last year.

Although bail was not opposed, the defendant is to remain in custody until an address approved by police can be found.

District Juge Nigel Broderick also agreed to impose a condition that Southam be banned from Bradbury Place.

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