Sunday 23 November 2014

Man (47) arrested as 'substantial' haul of explosives recovered in Belfast

Published 01/05/2014 | 19:41

A substantial haul of high explosives has been discovered in a block of flats in north Belfast.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dissident republican terrorist activity in the wake of the find in a flat at Maeve House in the New Lodge area.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) district commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said: "Police believe this to be a significant discovery. It beggars belief that quantities of high explosives could be stored in a block of flats in which hundreds of people are living.

"I welcome the fact that colleagues from serious crime branch have taken this material out of circulation. It has been removed for detailed examination but we believe it to be high explosives.

"District officers will continue to work with colleagues and the community to ensure that everyone is kept safe from the threats posed by those individuals and groups who would seek to inflict death and injury.

"The search operation is continuing. We apologise for any inconvenience or disruption but we need to ensure that everything has been done to keep people safe."

The suspect is being questioned at Antrim police station.

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