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PSNI man in court on gun and drug charges

By Alan Erwin

Published 08/09/2016

'All of the alleged offences occurred at locations in Belfast and Newtownards on September 5'
'All of the alleged offences occurred at locations in Belfast and Newtownards on September 5'

A serving PSNI officer has been remanded in custody accused of trying to acquire a gun, ammunition and silencer.

Allen Kennedy is also charged with having quantities of the drugs ecstasy and cocaine with intent to supply.

The 30-year-old, whose address was given as c/o Strandtown Police Station in east Belfast, was arrested during an operation in the city on Monday. He appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court to face a total of six charges.

The policeman is accused of the attempted possession of a handgun, 10 rounds of ammunition and a silencer in suspicious circumstances and with intent to endanger life.

Kennedy, who is currently suspended from duties because of unrelated matters, is further charged with having bullets and a shotgun cartridge.

He faces additional allegations of having Class A drugs with intent to supply, and possession of cannabis.

All of the alleged offences occurred at locations in Belfast and Newtownards on September 5.

Standing in the dock dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, Kennedy confirmed he understood the charges, saying, "I do".

A detective in charge of the investigation told the court he believed he could connect the accused to all six counts.

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