Terrorism suspects appear in court in Glasgow

Police take the accused from a police station to Glasgow Sheriff Court

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Five people with alleged links to dissident Irish republicanism have appeared in court charged with terror offences and conspiracy to murder.

The four men and woman are charged with planning acts of terrorism between 1 February and 23 October at a property on Old Castle Road, Cathcart, Glasgow.

It is alleged they tried to get a hold of firearms and explosives.

They made no plea or declaration during separate appearances at Glasgow Sheriff Court and were remanded in custody.

Martin Hughes, 34, Anton Duffy, 39, and 27-year-old Stacy McAllister, all from Glasgow; Paul Sands, 30, from Ayr; and Edward McVeigh, 26, from Portpatrick, were detained during police raids across the country last week.

'Murder of civilians'

They face charges under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2000 which deals with facilitating, planning, organising and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

It is alleged they tried to get a hold of firearms and explosives with a view to carrying out terrorist offences, including "damage to property and murder of civilians".

A convoy of police motorbikes, police cars and vans were used to bring each of the accused to and from the court.

They each appeared separately in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court where they made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody by Sheriff Ian Miller.

They are due to appear next week for full committal.

Joint operation

The five accused were detained at several locations in Scotland on 23 October.

The operation was led by Police Scotland and also involved the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the security service.

After the operation, Police Scotland said it had focused on the "activities of individuals sympathetic to dissident republicanism, but who are not affiliated to any specific group".

All five people had been held at the Scottish Terrorist Detention Centre in the Govan area of Glasgow.

Police were granted an extended detention period under the Terrorism Act on 25 October.

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