Man Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison Over Bomb Haul

A man has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars following a huge munitions and explosives haul in Kinawley two years ago.

Barry Petticrew of Swanlinbar, Co Cavan, was sentenced after admitting possession of explosives, firearms and ammunition with intent and having articles for use in terrorism at Antrim Crown Court on Tuesday, 20 December.

In October 2014, PSNI officers mounted a proactive operation and investigation into violent dissident republican terrorist activity which resulted in the seizure of:

• Half a ton of fertilizer and a number of packs of home-made explosives

• Timer units, detonators and fuses

• Pipe bombs and component parts for other devices

• A suspected firearm and approximately 100 rounds of ammunition

• Forensic suits and gloves.
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Police confronted Petticrew in a rented, disused farmyard at Caldragh Road, Kinawley on 08 October 2014 while he was moving some of the items listed above. He tried to run several hundred yards across fields to the border with Co Cavan but was arrested.

Detective Inspector Davy Lowans, from Serious Crime Branch, said: "This haul contained many of the components used by a terrorist grouping, everything from Timer Power Units and fertiliser to a coffee grinder, ammunition and forensic suits.

"We believe this was for use by dissident terrorists in Fermanagh and other parts of Northern Ireland. The quantities and range of items recovered would have enabled a number of explosive devices to be constructed.

"The seizure will have had an impact on the terrorists' capabilities and undoubtedly has saved lives. The subsequent clearance operation in Kinawley two years ago caused considerable disruption to the law-abiding local community."


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