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Wednesday 10 February 2016

Zumba dance teacher has terrorism charges withdrawn

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 06/12/2013

Lesley Hager Concannon is a dance teacher from West Virginia
Lesley Hager Concannon is a dance teacher from West Virginia

A Zumba dance teacher and romantic novelist from America who had been charged with possessing explosives has had her charges withdrawn.

Mother-of-one Lesley Concannon was charged along with her husband of keeping PETN high explosives in her coal bunker in June of this year.

At yesterday's sitting of Londonderry Magistrates Court, a barrister for the prosecution said that the charges were being withdrawn. He gave no further details.

Mrs Concannon, who was on bail, left the court without speaking.

The 32-year-old, from Charleston, West Virginia, was arrested and charged along with her 39-year-old husband Kevin Barry Concannon after police raids on their home at Beechwood Avenue, Derry, in June.

The couple had denied all charges against them.

Photographs – recovered from the couple's home – appeared to show the targeting of Merseyside Police HQ, the High Court heard at the time.

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