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31-year-old Royal Marine admits to stashing explosive devices in the UK

Ciaran Maxwell, with an address at Exminster Devon, also pleaded guilty to manufacturing and constructing explosives.

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Ciaran Maxwell of Exminster, Devon.
Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Ciaran Maxwell of Exminster, Devon.
Image: Metropolitan Police

A ROYAL MARINE has pleaded guilty to various terrorist-related offences at the Old Bailey today, including hiding explosive devices in England and Northern Ireland.

Ciaran Maxwell, aged 31 with an address at Exminster, Devon admitted that between 1 January 2011 and the 24 August 2016 to intending to assist terrorist attacks.

Some of these included:

  • Purchasing or otherwise obtaining articles for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism
  • Manufacturing explosive substances
  • Constructing explosive devices.

He also admitted to creating and maintaining hides in England and Northern Ireland to store explosive substances and devices “linked to the preparation of an act of terrorism”.

Commander Dean Haydon of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command said:

“I would like to acknowledge the excellent joint working between PSNI and the UK’s National Counter Terrorism network in bringing Maxwell to justice. This investigation resulted in a significant disruption and protected public safety by removing a large quantity of dangerous material from circulation.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin of PSNI, said that “working together, we have disrupted the activity of a dangerous individual and removed a very significant threat.”

Comments have been closed as sentencing is still due.

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