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Man from north Belfast held over seizure of bullets

A man has been remanded in custody accused of firearms offences.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard on Saturday that the appearance was not the first time that 49-year-old Stephen Jones had faced a court and that he had been wrongfully remanded into jail two weeks ago.

Jones, from Cliftonville Avenue, north Belfast, is charged with having a rifle magazine and 29 bullets under suspicious circumstances on September 24 this year.

Detective Constable Collins told the court he believed he could connect Jones to the charge.

Solicitor Philip Breen argued, however, that as Jones had initially been charged and remanded into jail on legislation that did not exist, "I have issues about the legality of this remand".

He revealed that the police and PPS mistake was spotted on Friday and Jones was released but then re-arrested.

Mr Breen submitted there "would have to be some change" to permit the same charges to be brought before the court.

District Judge Ken Nixon disagreed, however, saying that the charge was "quite rightly before the court".

He remanded Jones back into custody to appear again via video link on November 1.

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