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Men in court over Belfast sawn-off shotgun find

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Belfast Magistrates Court (Niall Carson/PA)

Belfast Magistrates Court (Niall Carson/PA)

Belfast Magistrates Court (Niall Carson/PA)

Two men were remanded into custody on Thursday accused of possessing a sawn-off shotgun, pistol and ammunition in Belfast.

Mark Hall, 29, and Abdel Rezk, 38, also allegedly had quantities of cocaine, amphetamines and diazepam when arrested on Wednesday.

Police said the guns and drugs were seized from business premises in the Blacks Road area of the city.

Hall, of Rodney Drive in Belfast, and Rezk, whose address was given as Maghaberry Prison, are jointly charged with two counts of possessing a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

They also both face two counts of possessing a Class A drug and one of possessing a Class C drug.

Rezk is further accused of entering the UK in breach of a deportation order.

Appearing at Belfast Magistrates' Court, the two defendants confirmed they understood the charges against him.

Neither man applied for bail during the brief hearings.

Judge Liam McStay remanded both of them in custody to appear again by video-link on March 12.

Belfast Telegraph