Two charged over Lisburn firearm

Published Saturday, 06 April 2013
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Two men have been charged with possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances after a police operation against dissident republican activity near Lisburn.

Two charged over Lisburn firearm
Security forces at the scene of the alert. (© UTV)

The pair aged 32 and 24, who are from the Derriaghy area, are due to appear before Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Monday morning.

They were arrested along with four other people during police raids on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday morning.

Three men held in west Belfast and a woman detained in Dunmurry have since been released without charge.

The police operation was linked to a security alert in Barnfield Road, where a suspicious object was recovered by army bomb experts on Friday.

"Police can now confirm that a suspected firearm was recovered," a PSNI spokesman said.

Earlier Jonathan Craig, DUP MLA for Lagan Valley, told UTV that he had concerns over an active dissident cell which he claimed is operating in the Derriaghy, Twinbrook and Poleglass areas.

The Policing Board member said intelligence-led policing had been used to make the arrests and recover the weapon.

He also called for anyone with information to contact police.

As is normal procedure the charges will be reviewed by the PPS.

© UTV News
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7 Comments
ric in armagh wrote (565 days ago):
stupid cowards thinking this will get them a united ireland! there will never be a united ireland plus i dont want to be using euro
Praise for PSNI in Bangor wrote (565 days ago):
Very well done PSNI - keep up the good work. I hope these two dissidents get put away for a very long time. Now all the country needs is for ALL such dissidents to be rounded up and locked up - and throw away the keys! Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would be much nicer places without them all.
Tommy in Limavady wrote (565 days ago):
Come on people show your appreciation for this fine job by the PSNI, well done and keep it up. Now just hope the judges give them what they deserve!!
neil in lisburn wrote (565 days ago):
you have to commend the police, as has been said, these "organisations" must be riddled with touts, they only seem to be able to pull of one of several 100 attacks a year?
mark in newtownards wrote (565 days ago):
will done to the psni
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