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Man (33) in court accused of having weapons relating to an ongoing UDA feud

By Christopher Woodhouse

Published 08/10/2016

A man has appeared in court accused of having weapons relating to an ongoing loyalist feud
A man has appeared in court accused of having weapons relating to an ongoing loyalist feud

A man has appeared in court accused of having weapons relating to an ongoing loyalist feud in Co Antrim.

Gary Paul Lowry (33) was arrested on Wednesday with four other men when police stopped a car in Carrickfergus at around 12.30am.

A police officer told Belfast Magistrates’ Court that the car was stopped on Castlemara Gardens after police received a report that a man had been attacked in Chinese shop in the town at around 7pm.

When the car was searched crow bars, pick axe handles, a lock knife and a hammer were found.

The officer said police believe the weapons are related to a UDA feud in the area which has been going on for a number of months.

Applying for bail a defence solicitor said that Lowry, of Glassillan Grove in Greenisland, had made himself available for interview at Musgrave Street police station in Belfast after the incident.

He added that the other men had told police the items were work related.

However, District Judge Bernie Kelly refused the application the basis that Lowry might be at risk of harm from other people if he were released.

Lowry was remanded in custody to appear again via videolink on November 4.

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