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Suspect charged over ‘kidnap bid by loyalists’

A known criminal escaped an abduction attempt by alleged loyalist paramilitaries armed with a hammer, a court heard yesterday.

Police claimed the man could have been seriously injured or killed if the suspects had succeeded in getting him into a van in Belfast on Wednesday.

One of those accused of trying to seize him was remanded in custody after appearing before the city's Magistrates Court.

David Bell (37), of Moorfield Street, Belfast, denies charges of unlawfully attempting to take the man away by force and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a hammer.

The alleged offences were committed in the Ardgowan Street area of Castlereagh in the east of the city.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused to grant bail to allow police some time to study any available material. Bell was remanded in custody to appear via video-link next week.

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