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Police given another week to question Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell over alleged Northern Ireland terrorism offences

Police have been granted another week to question Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell arrested for terrorism related offences.

A warrant for further detention was granted on Wednesday at Westminter Magistrates' Court,

He can now be held in custody for questioning until next Wednesday.

Maxwell (30), from Larne, was arrested in a pre-planned anti-terror swoop last week.

The arrest operation involved searches at a house and wooded area in south Devon, as well as in his home town in Co Antrim.

The Royal Marine is being detained on suspicion of preparation for acts of terrorism.

Earlier this year, two separate hauls of weapons were discovered in Carnfunnock and Capanagh forest near Larne within three months of each other.

An armour-piercing improvised rocket and two anti-personnel mines were among the cache recovered at Capanagh in May.

Several pipe bombs, magazines and ammunition for an assault rifle as well as bomb component parts and command wires were also concealed in barrels in purpose-built holes in woodland.

In March, bomb-making items were found at nearby Carnfunnock Country Park.

On Tuesday, Officers returned to the park near Larne to carry out further searches.

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