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Carrickfergus: Man charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition

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Man is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday

Man is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday

Man is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday

Police investigating ongoing paramilitary activity in the Carrickfergus area, have charged a 37-year-old man with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Whoriskey said: "Officers continue to be proactive in policing Castlemara estate and the wider Carrickfergus area in order to reassure local residents and above all to keep people safe.

"As our investigations continue we would appeal to anyone with information about criminal activity in the area to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

Meanwhile a PSNI commander called for mediation to resolve the bitter loyalist dispute in the Castlemara estate that has so far cost £1.6 million to police.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said police were extremely concerned about the situation. He said the dispute involved the South East Antrim UDA and a local family.

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The officer said nine people had been charged in relation to the situation since May.

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Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 (File photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 (File photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Police deal with disturbances in Carrickfergus

Police deal with disturbances in Carrickfergus

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 (File photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Mr Martin said the South East Antrim UDA was a sizeable organisation comprising "several hundred" members.

He said a police presence was required in the estate on a daily basis - something that was draining funds and diverting resources from other priorities.


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