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Gun charge accused refused bail

By Donna Deeney

A man facing weapons charges after he was arrested in connection with dissident republican activity in Londonderry has been refused bail.

Anthony Taylor (41) of Farmhill, Derry, was charged with possession of a firearm, namely a .22 Remington gun, on August 2.

Mr Taylor and another man face the gun charges, while two other people arrested in connection with the incident were later released on bail.A bail application was lodged at the Magistrates Court in Bishop's Street, but a lawyer for the Public Prosecution Service called an investigation officer from the PSNI to the stand.

The detective constable said that Mr Taylor had been searched under the Terrorism Act and arrested. She said a firearm was found in the car and three coffee jar bombs were discovered nearby.

The officer told the court that Mr Taylor refused to be interviewed by police without his solicitor, and when it did go ahead in the presence of his solicitor he then told police he would make one statement, and after that would not be saying anything.

The officer said she was not aware of any forensic evidence to link Mr Taylor with the gun.

Mr Taylor was further remanded to appear back in court on October 6.

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