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Boy may face charges over 'bid to buy a machine-gun'

By Nevin Farrell

No decision has been taken over whether a 14 year-old Co Antrim boy alleged to have tried to buy a sub machine-gun during break-time at school will face charges. The update came at Coleraine Youth Court yesterday where the child was accompanied by his parents.

A prosecution lawyer told the hearing that full file is now with the directing officer.

District Judge Liam McNally told the boy: "It may not be progressing as quickly as you would like but in legal terms we are satisfied there is sufficient progress."

Adjourning the case until late August he said the court is due to hear then "what charges, if any" the defendant will face.

The child is currently on bail.

In April, a police officer told a court the authorities had been monitoring an attempt to acquire a "live" firearm through the "dark web".

The boy was arrested in a Coleraine retail park after it was alleged he had £150 cash on him to buy 100 rounds of ammunition and believed he could further purchase a sub-machine gun.

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