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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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‘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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East Antrim election candidates announced

Political parties are largely maintaining the status quo in East Antrim as they announce their candidates for the Assembly election. The Alliance Party will once again field outgoing MLA Stewart Dickson as well as Danny Donnelly, who failed to secure a seat in 2016. While Mr Dickson was elected on the tenth count with 3,115 first preference votes, equivalent to 9.6 per cent, Mr Donnelly was eliminated on the ninth count after securing 1,632 or five per cent of the first preference votes. Sinn Fein is backing outgoing MLA Oliver McMullan, who was returned on the twelfth count in 2016 after clinching 2,633 first preference votes, equivalent to 8.1 per cent. The TUV is once again pinning its East Antrim hopes on Mid and East Antrim Councillor Ruth Wilson, who was eliminated at the seventh stage of the count last year having secured 1,643 votes or 5.1 per cent of … Continue reading

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Derry police carry out ‘high visibility anti-burglary’ patrols

Police in Derry have said they carried out what they described as “high visibility anti-burglary” patrols in a number of areas in the city last night. A spokesperson said Strand Road Local Policing Team carried out patrols in the Ballymagoarty, Shantallow, Galliagh, Culmore and Culmore areas. The spokesperson added: “Help us keep our community safe by keeping doors and windows closed and locked. Don’t make it easy for them!” If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Between 5pm and midnight please call or text 07825 711978. Or you can email john.gill@derrynews.net at any time. Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come … Continue reading

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