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Semtex accused Kevin Nolan remanded into custody after court appearance

By Alan Erwin

Published 22/09/2015

Kevin Nolan appears at Laganside Court in Belfast on Tuesday. Pic: Pacemaker Press
Kevin Nolan appears at Laganside Court in Belfast on Tuesday. Pic: Pacemaker Press
Police at the house on the Ballymurphy Road last week. Pic: Pacemaker

A man was remanded into custody today accused of having guns and explosives discovered in west Belfast.

Kevin Nolan, 45, appeared before the city's magistrates court after being arrested in the north east of England at the weekend.

He faces charges of possessing Semtex and two detonators in suspicious circumstances and with intent to endanger life.

Nolan, with an address at Whitchurch Close in Sunderland, is further accused of having firearms and a quantity of ammunition - again in suspicious circumstances and with intent to endanger life.

All of the alleged offences occurred on dates between May 1 and September 17 this year.

The explosives, guns and bullets were seized during a raid of a house on Ballymurphy Road last Friday.

Nolan was detained in Sunderland on Sunday as part of a joint anti-terror operation by the PSNI Serious Crime Branch and the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and Northumbria police.

Entering the dock dressed in a grey sweatshirt, the defendant nodded to confirm he understood the charges against him.

An investigating detective confirmed he could connect him to the alleged offences.

Defence lawyer Padraig O Muirigh told the court Nolan was not yet seeking to be released.

"There's no application for bail at this stage, it will be kept under review," he said.

On that basis District Judge Peter King remanded Nolan back into custody to appear again by video-link on October 20.

As the accused was being led back to the cells he gave a thumbs-up signal to supporters in the public gallery.

A 29-year-old man arrested in Belfast on Sunday as part of the same investigation has been released unconditionally.

A 21-year-old woman detained at the same time remains in custody.

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