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Plumber is bailed over ‘bomb parts’ find on M1

A plumber accused of having bomb parts and plotting to cause an explosion has been ordered to provide £50,000 in sureties as part of High Court bail conditions.

Brian Owens was also banned from leaving Northern Ireland and told he will be subjected to electronic monitoring while released.

The 20-year-old, from Owens Road, Castlewellan, Co Down, faces charges of possessing articles for use in terrorism and conspiring to cause an explosion.

Prosecutors said the alleged offences relate to the discovery of bomb parts on the M1 motorway near Dungannon on January 12. Crown counsel Jonathan Lowry told the court searches were carried out after police spotted an object being thrown from a work van.

Martin O'Rourke, defending, stressed that Owens was unaware of anything having been thrown from the van.

After hearing the bail application Mr Justice McCloskey acknowledged the seriousness of the charges against the accused.

But the judge pointed out that he was not trying the case and held that Owens could be released under appropriate conditions.

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