Bomb Pc police make arms seizure
Police investigating the murder of Pc Ronan Kerr have arrested a man in Scotland and made one of the most significant arms discoveries for years in Northern Ireland.
The cache, which also included four Kalashnikov rifles and possibly Semtex explosive, was discovered on Tuesday night in Coalisland, east Tyrone.
The suspect, aged 26, was detained in Renton, in Dunbartonshire, Scotland , on Wednesday afternoon and is being brought back to Northern Ireland for questioning.
Pc Kerr, 25, was killed when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Saturday. The murder has been blamed on dissident republicans opposed to the peace process and to Catholics joining the police.
News of the breakthrough emerged after nationalist leaders joined police in a show of unity at the Catholic police officer's funeral in the village of Beragh, Co Tyrone.
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris described the arms haul as one of the most significant for some time.
He told reporters at a press conference in Belfast the arms discovery will "form lines of inquiry into Ronan's murder and into dissident activity generally".
He went on: "The seizure was made in a garage unit on the Mountjoy Road. Inside the unit police officers uncovered a number of stolen vehicles and inside those vehicles a significant amount of arms and munitions.
"The haul included four rifles, ammunition, timer power units, detonators, incendiary bombs, components for rocket launchers and other explosive devices, and a quantity of explosives, possibly Semtex.
"This investigation into Ronan's murder will continue in the coming days and weeks with the same determination and professionalism which resulted in last night's discovery."