Northern Ireland

NI terrorism: Fresh search being carried out in Larne

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Image caption Ciarán Maxwell was arrested after searches in Larne, County Antrim, and Devon

A search is under way in County Antrim in connection with Northern Ireland-related terrorism.

The search, in the Inver Road area of Larne, is linked to the arrest of a serving Royal Marine last week.

Ciarán Maxwell, who is from Larne, was arrested in Somerset as part of the investigation after searches in Larne and Devon.

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Image caption Police are in attendance in Larne in connection with the investigation

The 30-year-old marine is still being questioned.

His arrest is understood to be connected to the discovery of two arms dumps near the County Antrim town earlier this year.

These finds were thought to be linked to dissident republican paramilitaries.

Image caption Pat Reid said the park was popular with families

DUP councillor Paul Reid said the Town Park in Larne, which has been closed off by police, is a popular spot with families.

He said some homes and at least one business had been evacuated while searches were carried out.

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Image caption Police tape across Larne town park
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Image caption Searches are ongoing at an area in Larne

Meanwhile, police investigating dissident republican activity are questioning a 27-year-old man.

He was arrested on Monday morning in Larne.

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