Northern Ireland

Men face Alliance Party headquarters pipe bomb trial

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Image caption A police officer at the alleyway where the pipe bomb was found in Belfast's university area

Two Belfast men will stand trial charged in connection with an alleged attempt to bomb the Alliance Party's headquarters, a judge has ruled.

Barry Boardman, 43, of Claremont Street, and Francis Carleton, 38, from Cavendish Street, are both charged with having explosives with intent to endanger life and in suspicious circumstances.

The alleged offences relate to the discovery of a pipe bomb in south Belfast last May.

The device, which did not explode but contained bullets and pellets, was discovered at the party's offices on University Road.

The two men appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court for preliminary enquiry proceedings.

Both men were remanded in custody until their Crown Court trial begins.