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Court denies dissident weapons accused bail

A man accused of having weapons linked to dissident republicans must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

Daniel Turnbull was refused bail after prosecutors outlined the severe threat currently posed by the group.

The 30-year-old, of Strule Park, Omagh, was arrested after police seized a revolver, sub-machine-gun and ammunition from cars in parts of Co Tyrone last October. Latex gloves, body armour and combat-style clothing were also recovered.

A number of other suspects were detained with Turnbull on suspicion of dissident republican activity.

Turnbull faces charges of possessing firearms with intent, having ammunition in suspicious circumstances, and possession of articles for use in terrorism.

Opposing his application for bail, a Crown lawyer claimed there was a risk of further offending if he was released.

She added: “The threat level (from dissident republican paramilitaries) within the UK is currently severe. These groups just carry on offending.”

Defence counsel Gary McHugh argued the flak jackets his client allegedly had were for heavy duty outdoor wear.

“Mr Turnbull has made the case that he has been involved in hill walking,” he said.

Refusing the application, the judge said it was accepted that a prima facie case exists.

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