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Northern Irish British marine charged with terrorism offences over ammo finds in Antrim

Maxwell, who had been living in Exminster in southwest England, was arrested on 24 August by counter-terror police.

The munitions and barrel discovered in Capanagh Forest.
The munitions and barrel discovered in Capanagh Forest.
Image: PSNI

A BRITISH SOLDIER, originally from Larne, County Antrim, has been charged with a range of terrorism offences linked to Northern Ireland, including bomb-making and keeping an arsenal of explosives and weapons, police said.

Ciaran Maxwell, 30, a Royal Marine, allegedly obtained chemicals and components for bombs between 2011 and 2016, as well as an image of a Northern Ireland police pass and items of police uniform.

He was also charged with “creating and maintaining hides in England and Northern Ireland to store explosive substances, explosive devices, components for explosive devices, ammunition, weapons,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Maxwell, who had been living in Exminster in southwest England, was arrested on 24 August by counter-terror police.

Capanagh Forest EFP The explosively formed projectile Source: PSNI

He was in court today.

The threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism within the province has been set at severe – the second-highest of five levels – since it was first established in 2010.

Capanagh Forest pipe bombs (2) Pipe bombs found in Capanagh Forest Source: PSNI

The level, determined by the MI5 domestic security service, means an attack is considered highly likely.

The threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in the rest of the United Kingdom was raised one level from moderate to substantial — the third-highest level — in May this year, meaning an attack is considered a strong possibility.

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