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Julien Behal/PA Archive PSNI officers. (File photo)

Four republican dissidents sentenced after guns and ammunition find

The four men have been given seven to 12 year terms with half spent in prison.

FOUR DISSIDENT REPUBLICANS have been given seven to 12 year prison terms after being caught with guns and ammunition in Tyrone more than three years ago.

The four men, Mark McGuigan (29), Daniel Turnbull (33), Darryn McCallion (25) and Martin McLoone (25) were in a Ford Fiesta car when it was stopped by PSNI officers on the Gorticashel Road in Omagh in October 2010.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded handgun and ammunition. Follow up searches were then carried out by police and a sub-machine gun, a hand gun and ammunition were recovered from a vehicle belonging to Turnbull.

Police believe these items were intended to be used in a dissident republican attack and a spokesman said following the sentencing that their seizure “undoubtedly saved lives”:
Police will continue to combat the threat posed by dissident republican individuals and groups who plan to use violence to further their agendas. We would encourage people in the community to continue to work with us to reduce the threat posed by such reckless individuals so that we can bring them before the courts. they continued.
McGuigan was sentenced to 12 years, Turnbull got nine years, McCallion was sentenced to seven years and McLoone was sentenced to eight years.
All sentences consist of half in prison with the reaming half spent released on licence.

Read: Gardaí investigating dissident republicans arrest two in David Black murder probe >

Read: Bomb making components seized and two arrested over dissident activity >

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