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Phone ‘links accused to bomb’

Mobile phone records link a 53-year-old man to a car bomb explosion outside Londonderry police headquarters at Strand Road, a court has been told.

The disclosure was made by a member of the PSNI who was opposing a bail application by Thomas Christopher Nash, a car breaker from Iveagh Park in the Prehen area of the city.

The applicant is charged with possessing firearms, imitation firearms, Magnum and Luger ammunition, and a CS gas canister which police allege were found in his home last August 9, six days after dissident republicans exploded the 200lb bomb outside the station.

The detective constable said he was opposing the application because he believed the applicant had links to terrorists. He also believed the applicant would commit further offences if bailed. Nash was remanded in custody until January 20.

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