Northern Ireland

Belfast man found with bomb timers charged

A man has appeared in court on charges linked to dissident republicans.

Michael Patrick Finbar Johnston, 28, from New Lodge Road, in Belfast, was arrested while he was walking in the city's Antrim Road area on Thursday. Police discovered four bomb timers.

Mr Johnston has been charged with having articles for the purpose of terrorism and of preparing for acts of terrorism.

He was remanded in custody to appear again on 26 May.

Mr Johnston's solicitor requested if his family could have a "closed visit" with him as the alleged offences have "come as an almighty shock to them".