25/10/2018

Hundreds Of Fireworks Seized In L'Derry Raid

Hundreds of fireworks have been seized during a raid on the national headquarters of Republican Party Saoradh in L'Derry.

Police, including detectives from the Terrorism Investigation Unit, searched the property in the Chamberlain Street area of the city at around 5am on Thursday, 25 October.

330 fireworks were recovered along with 100 fuses that had been removed from other fireworks.

A 21-year-old man was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of breaching his bail terms and is now in custody.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jonathan Hunter said: "The discovery of the fuses is obviously a concern.
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"However, we can assure the community that these dangerous items are now safely recovered and out of reach of anyone who may have wanted them for a more harmful purpose."

Chief Inspector Hunter added that the search was carried out early to minimise disruption to the public, and police were assisted by a military team given the associated risks around explosive materials.

"It is an offence to be in possession of fireworks without a licence," he said.

"Therefore, when we became aware that Saoradh members in the city were in possession of such items, neighbourhood officers made several attempts throughout Wednesday evening to contact their offices to arrange recovery, but no one was available."



(JG)

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