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Man charged after gun find linked to North Antrim UDA

A 44-year-old man has appeared this morning in Ballymena Magistrates’ Court, Saturday 16 April, charged with possession of a firearm with intent.

He was also been charged with two counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

The male was arrested following an operation conducted by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF), assisted by officers from the Tactical Support Group, who carried out a search of a property in Coleraine on Thursday evening, 14 April, and was questioned in the Serious Crime Suite of Musgrave Police Station in Belfast.

The search was part of ongoing PCTF investigation into suspected violent criminality linked to the North Antrim UDA.

A shotgun, shotgun cartridges and paramilitary-branded paraphernalia were seized.

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


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