Northern Ireland

Charges dropped against plumber in M1 bomb case

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A plumber accused of throwing bomb parts onto the M1 motorway has had the charges against him dropped.

Brian Owens, 20, appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution lawyers said there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.

Mr Owens from Castlewellan, County Down, was arrested in January after police reported an object was thrown from his van while travelling on M1.

A plastic tupperware box with holes drilled in the bottom, an attached switch and a motor wrapped in cling film were later found at the scene near Dungannon.

Mr Owens was charged with having articles for use in terrorism and conspiring to cause an explosion and ordered to surrender his passport.

A defence lawyer said the accused was unaware of anything having been thrown from the van and denied the charges.

It was claimed the other individuals suspected of involvement in an alleged conspiracy are still at large.

Speaking outside the court on Wednesday Mr Owen's solicitor said his client had always protested his innocence and now wanted to get on with his life.

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