22/07/2002

Man charged with causing mainland explosions

A 19-year-old man has been charged with plotting to cause explosions following an investigation into a suspected Real IRA bombing campaign.

John Paul Gerard Hannan was been remanded in custody after appearing at the Old Bailey today. He is charged with plotting to cause an explosion and possessing weapons.

Mr Hannan was arrested following an investigation into two car bombs in London and a third failed attack in Birmingham. He will appear before a trial judge, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, on Wednesday.

Mr Hanna is also charged with possessing explosives, a handgun and a grenade.

Four other men are being held on similar charges. They are James McCormack, 33, Noel Maguire, 32, and brothers Aiden Hulme, 25, and Robert Hulme, 22.

All the men were charged in May and are awaiting trial.

(MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

07 August 2019
Men Attacked By Gang Armed With Baton & Hammer
Three men have been targeted by a gang of five armed with a baton and hammer during an aggravated burglary in east Belfast. Police are appealing for information following the incident in the Calvin Street area in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 07 August.
12 February 2019
Pensioner Dies Weeks After Being Struck By Car
A pensioner has died weeks after she was run over while walking in County Down. The woman in her 80's was struck by a car on the Bangor Road in Newtownards shortly before 4pm on Thursday 17 January. It has since been confirmed that she died of her injuries.
26 March 2019
Ferry Safety Warning After Crush On NI To Scotland Sailing
A safety warning has been issued to lorry drivers who remain in their vehicles while ferries are at sea, following an on-board crush on a ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland last December.
09 August 2019
Man Charged With 1994 Murder
A man has been charged with the murder of a postal worker in 1994. The 60-year-old faces a series of charges relating to the death of Francis Damien Kerr, who was shot dead when masked raiders stormed the postal sorting office in Newry, County Down on 10 November 1994. The Provisional IRA was blamed for the attack.
24 May 2018
Man Appears In Court Charged With Firearms Offences
A 49-year-old man has appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court charged in relation with a number of firearm offences. On Wednesday, Detectives from the PSNI's Criminal Investigation Branch, discovered a number of firearms during the search of a property in the Springfield Road area of west Belfast.