High explosives found in dissident raid

Published Thursday, 01 May 2014
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Police investigating dissident republican terrorist activity have arrested a man after discovering a "substantial" amount of high explosives at a block of flats in north Belfast.

High explosives found in dissident raid
Police are investigating the discovery. (© UTV)

The 47-year-old was detained following Serious Crime Branch searches at Maeve House in the New Lodge area on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Suspected high explosives were discovered in a flat. Police said it is not possible to be specific about the high explosives or the quantity involved other than to describe both as "significant".

District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said: "It beggars belief that quantities of high explosives could be stored in a block of flats in which hundreds of people are living.

"I welcome the fact that colleagues from Serious Crime Branch have taken this material out of circulation. It has been removed for detailed examination but we believe it to be high explosives."

The man is being questioned at Antrim PSNI Station.

District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw continued: "District officers will continue to work with colleagues and the community to ensure that everyone is kept safe from the threats posed by those individuals and groups who would seek to inflict death and injury.

"The search operation is continuing. We apologise for any inconvenience or disruption but we need to ensure that everything has been done to keep people safe."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
David in Belfast wrote (270 days ago):
The silence from the normal Republican trolls is deafening. I suppose that despite the PSNI recovering these explosive and potentially saving dozens of lives they will continue to vilify them for doing their job well. Makes you wonder where these so called " dissidents" get their explosives and weapons from? Well the IRA were still importing weapons post GFA so that is one explanation and of course the explosives well could they have been recommissioned?
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (271 days ago):
Well done and thankyou all police and agents involved. Many lives saved.
Paul Baxter in Dromore wrote (271 days ago):
Great job well done.
jacko in belfast wrote (271 days ago):
Does it really surprise us all that the dissadent ira/inla or whatever they want to call themselfs would keep bombs , guns or whatever in public places and endanger there own innocent or otherwise people. THEY HAV,NT GONE AWAY U KNOW !!
Sam in Ulster wrote (271 days ago):
Is this the peace process that some of our prominent politicians refer to. Who do they think they are fooling
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