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Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell charged over Northern Ireland-related terrorism offences

Published 02/09/2016

Ciaran Maxwell
Ciaran Maxwell

Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell has been charged with terror related offences and is set to appear at a London court today.

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

The 30-year-old of of Exminster, Devon has been charged with three offences.

Charge one relates to the collating of "a library of documents" likely to be of use to a person preparing for or committing an act of terrorism; purchasing or otherwise obtaining articles for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism. Specifically chemicals and components to be use in the manufacture of explosive substances, the construction of explosive devices; an image of an adapted PSNI pass card; items of PSNI uniform. 

It also relates to the manufacture of explosive substances and the construction of explosive devices as well as creating and maintaining hides to store bomb components in England and Northern Ireland.

Charges two and three relate to drugs and fraud offences.

He is expected to appear in court later on Friday.

PSNI searches in Larne are continuing, as too are searches in England and are expected to continue into next week.

All the police forces involved with the investigation thanked those who have been inconvenienced by the searches for their patience.

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

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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