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Five in Scottish court over dissident kill plot

BY GARRETT HARGAN

Five people with addresses in Scotland have appeared in court in connection with an alleged dissident republican murder plot.

The four men and one woman were arrested last week as part of a joint operation involving the PSNI, MI5 and Scottish police.

Edward Cameron McVeigh (26) from Portpatrick; Paul Stephen Sands (30) from Ayr; and Martin Hughes (34), Anton Duffy (39) and Stacy McAllister (27), all from Glasgow, appeared at the city's Sheriff Court yesterday. All were remanded in custody charged with conspiracy to murder.

It was unclear if the five accused are Scottish or if any are originally from Northern Ireland.

All five made no plea and their next court appearances are yet to be confirmed.

They were charged under Section Five of the Terrorism Act 2006, which covers the preparation of terrorist acts and conspiracy to murder, after a number of raids in Scotland last Wednesday.

On Friday police were granted an extended detention period under the Terrorism Act.

It is believed the arrests were made in connection with intelligence gathering and the possible organising of attacks or safe houses in Northern Ireland.

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson said the operation was focused on people sympathetic to dissidents, but not affiliated to any group.

The operation came during the series of letter-bomb attacks linked to dissidents over the past week, including two addressed to leading PSNI officers in Londonderry and the latest, sent to Secretary of State Theresa Villiers at Stormont yesterday.

All of the devices are thought to be similar in make-up.

The devices are capable of killing and maiming if they were to explode and pose a danger not only to their targets, but also to postal service staff and civilians.

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