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Five charged over attacks on police officers' homes in Northern Ireland

Detectives investigating a string of life-threatening arsons at the homes of police officers in Northern Ireland have charged five people.

Four men aged 17, 20, 36 and 51 and one woman aged 21, have been charged with a number of offences including conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to cause an explosion and a number of drugs-related offences.

They are due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning.

Two women, aged 27 and 42, have been charged with a number of drugs-related offences and are due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 22 March.

While two other men, aged 26 and 41, remain in police custody.

Serving PSNI officers were targeted between April and July last year.

Their vehicles and homes were attacked and in some cases destroyed.

Detectives searched properties in counties Antrim, Armagh and Down on Tuesday morning.

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