15/04/2013

Men Arrested Over Dissident Activity

Two men have been arrested by detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch investigating dissident Republican activity in L'Derry.

A number of suspected firearms, a quantity of ammunition and a suspected pipe bomb were recovered when police stopped two vehicles in the Northland Road area of the city at around 20:00 on Friday 12 April.

The Northland Road was closed and a number of properties were evacuated while officers examined the scene.

Two men aged 20 and 54 were arrested at the scene and taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite, where they are assisting police with their enquiries.
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Follow-up searches were carried out in the area, whereupon various items and a vehicle were seized.

The Northland Road re-opened and residents were allowed back to their properties at around 05:30 the following morning.

District Commander Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin said: "We have seen again the blatant disregard of those individuals willing to endanger life in our community. I have nothing but praise for the officers involved in the operation.

"I would also like to thank members of the community for their patience as we continued our investigations last night. Police would ask that everyone in the community continue to work with us to take weapons off our streets and put those responsible behind bars."

(IT/CD)

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