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Ex-RIR man facing arms charges

A former Royal Irish Regiment soldier has been remanded on bail after being charged with possessing guns, ammunition, explosives and a PSNI uniform.

James Kerr Heron (38) of Drumconnolly Road, Seskinore, appeared in the dock of Dungannon Magistrates Court yesterday following arrest at his home in relation to suspected terrorism offences.

In total he faces four charges which include possessing three shotguns, a sub-machine gun and ammunition; an explosive substance and a variety of equipment including flak jacket, torch, flare and a PSNI uniform.

A police officer said he could connect Heron to all matters. He was strongly opposed to bail but confirmed the accused has no terrorist organisation links.

Applying for bail, the defence explained Heron claimed he has been the victim of extortion over the last number of months and had been threatened with a gun.

District Judge John Meehan agreed to bail but imposed strict terms. Heron has to surrender his passport, sign three times a week with police, wear an electronic tag and abide by a curfew.

Heron was remanded on £5,000 bail with two sureties of £2,500 each. The case was adjourned to Omagh Magistrates Court on a date to be fixed.

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