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'Significant amount of terrorist material' recovered in police searches

Published 06/09/2016

A police van carrying Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court in London
A police van carrying Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court in London

Police have recovered a significant amount of explosives and bomb making equipment in Northern Ireland.

It is part of a joint operation between the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Metropolitan Police.

The searches followed the arrest of Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell who is facing charges of stashing explosives and weapons in purpose-built caches in England and Northern Ireland.

PSNI assistant chief constable Will Kerr said: "Police have searched 12 separate locations and recovered a significant amount of terrorist material including explosive devices, component parts for explosives, chemicals for use in bomb making, ammunition and a firearm."

The operation took place in the Larne area.

Mr Kerr added: "I am aware of the disruption this has caused to local residents and am extremely grateful for their co-operation and understanding.

"However, as I am sure the people living in Larne will understand, we will take no chances where their safety is concerned and, as a result of the significant terrorist material recovered, I am confident that the area, and Northern Ireland in general, is safer as a result."

Earlier this year police made finds in Carnfunnock Country Park and Capanagh Forest in Larne which may be linked to dissident republicans.

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