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Men arrested by police probing 'right-wing extremists' activity in Northern Ireland

By Nevin Farrell

Published 26/10/2016

The men were detained at houses in Ballymena and Coleraine earlier on Wednesday.
The men were detained at houses in Ballymena and Coleraine earlier on Wednesday.

A number of men have been arrested in Ballymena and Coleraine by police investigating the alleged activities of 'right wing extremists' involved in suspicious activity in a County Antrim forest.

Detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch investigating suspicious activity in County Antrim have arrested four men.

The men, aged 29, 30, 36 and 46, were detained at houses in Ballymena and Coleraine earlier on Wednesday.

One search took place at Galgorm Road in Ballymena close to the town's police station.

A PSNI spokesman said: "A number of searches were conducted and several items removed for further examination. The suspects have been taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning."

PSNI Detective Inspector Andy Workman said: "Police are investigating the activities of a number of individuals who appear to have extreme right wing views about tensions in north eastern Europe and have been involved in suspicious activity in a forest in Co Antrim.

"These enquiries are not part of the investigation into munitions finds at Carnfunnock and Capanagh earlier this year."

Those finds near Larne were linked to alleged dissident Republican activity.

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