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No bail for Polish feud fire attack accused

The alleged leader of a gang accused of a "show of strength" arson attack at the home of a rival Polish faction in Co Tyrone must stay in custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

Marcim Wachowski was refused bail amid claims that he organised a dozen men to cross the border in a convoy of cars and then break into the property as five of their compatriots hid upstairs.

Raiders were armed with baseball bats and knives for the attack linked to a suspected drugs feud, prosecutors alleged.

Wachowski (27), of Elmfield, Dublin, faces charges of arson with intent to endanger life and aggravated burglary with intent to commit unlawful damage and attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm.

Eleven men were detained by police who stopped three BMW cars following the incident at Springdale, Dungannon, on September 27.

Police had earlier put out a fire at the property following a 999 call from the occupants.

It is alleged the intruders ransacked the house and lit a fire.

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