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Man accused of having a viable pipe bomb is denied bail

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of having a viable pipe bomb must remain in custody, Northern Ireland's top judge has ruled.

Sean Ruddy was arrested along with a second suspect close to where the device and other suspected component parts were found on the outskirts of west Belfast.

Even though prosecutors confirmed the 39-year-old is not forensically linked to any of the material, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan refused bail because of the risks involved.

He said: "Such devices have been used within this jurisdiction by terrorists to both attempt to injure and, on occasion, to successfully injure." Ruddy, of Burren Meadows in Newcastle, Co Down, is charged with possessing explosives in suspicious circumstances.

Refusing bail, Sir Declan added: "The device, I have been told, was viable.

"Viable means that it was capable of being deployed at relatively short notice."

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