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‘We must not allow marine’s actions to bring down military’s reputation’

A former soldier has said that he was “disgusted” to learn of the details of Ciaran Maxwell’s crime. Maxwell, 31 and formerly of Larne (though latterly based in Devon), had been a Royal Marine but is now facing sentencing in a London court after being caught hoarding massive amounts of munitions in east Antrim. Andy Allen, an ex-soldier who was MLA for East Belfast prior to the dissolution of the Assembly ahead of the coming election, said: “It’s important to remember that this one person should not be allowed to bring the great reputation and name of the Armed Forces down. “I’m thankful he’s been caught before he was able to cause any harm to the general public, and indeed I’m confident the security forces will be doing all they can to ensure that no-one else is in this situation or this scenario. “Some people I’ve spoken to from an … Continue reading

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Preferential voting

Commenting on preferential voting Roy Beggs, a local Ulster Unionist candidate  said, “I would ask voters to support myself and my Ulster Unionist colleague, John Stewart; then other pro-union candidates who have not been personally tainted by the RHI, NAMA and Red Sky Affairs; and then to continue to show a preference for other candidates who can help secure a stable peaceful NI with a growing economy for the benefit of all. Sinn Fein have forced this election in an irresponsible manner without ensuring that the budget is in place for public services beyond March.  In East Antrim, with only 5 MLA’s to be elected and the increased quota requirement, the Sinn Fein seat is vulnerable if unionist turnout and vote.  I would urge unionists, nationalist and other voters by their preferential voting to ensure that both the DUP and Sinn Fein pay for their poor record in government.

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Beggs welcomes drugs removal from Carrickfergus

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party candidate Roy Beggs has welcomed news over the weekend that drugs worth an estimated £10,000 were seized and taken off our streets by the PSNI. Mr Beggs said “Well done first and foremost to the PSNI for the work they continue to do in the fight to eradicate drugs from our communities. Drug addiction ruins lives.  I am advised that herbal cannabis was found in addition to some class A drugs.  With class A drugs in particular, being dealt by local drug dealers we all must be concerned with the associated problem of drug progression, addiction and the crime often associated with having to fed that  addiction.  Organised crime gangs are feeding off the community.  I know that that information from the community is vital in the battle against drug mis-use If you have any information in relation to the sale of illegal drugs in our community, please give … Continue reading

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‘We must not allow marine’s actions to bring down military’s reputation’

A former soldier has said that he was “disgusted” to learn of the details of Ciaran Maxwell’s crime. Maxwell, 31 and formerly of Larne (though latterly based in Devon), had been a Royal Marine but is now facing sentencing in a London court after being caught hoarding massive amounts of munitions in east Antrim. Andy Allen, an ex-soldier who was MLA for East Belfast prior to the dissolution of the Assembly ahead of the coming election, said: “It’s important to remember that this one person should not be allowed to bring the great reputation and name of the Armed Forces down. “I’m thankful he’s been caught before he was able to cause any harm to the general public, and indeed I’m confident the security forces will be doing all they can to ensure that no-one else is in this situation or this scenario. “Some people I’ve spoken to from an … Continue reading

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‘Alarm bells’ should have rung over Marine

Security “alarm bells” should have rung over the appearance of a Royal Marine in a Sinn Fein propaganda publication in the years before he joined the UK Armed Forces. Ciaran Maxwell pleaded guilty last week to offences arising from the discovery of large quantities of munitions, found in woodland close to his home town of Larne and understood to have been intended for some kind of dissident republican purpose. The terrorist cache discovered by police at Carnfunnock As widely reported when he was first named as a suspect in court last year, there is a record of him having appeared as an interviewee in An Phoblacht, a Sinn Fein-connected newsletter, back in 2002 when he was 16. The publication said Maxwell (whose Christian name was given at the time as Kieran, not Ciaran) had recounted being beaten by a loyalist gang in the town. The article, complete with picture of … Continue reading

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