Northern Ireland

Strabane man 'had registration of car hit by pipe bomb'

A 38-year-old man has appeared in court charged with having documents likely to be of use to terrorists.

Michael Edwards of Park Road in Strabane appeared at Strabane Magistrate's Court accused of having the registration numbers of three vehicles.

The court heard the documents were found during a search of his car under the terrorism act.

Mr Edwards, who denied the charge, will appear in court again next month.

A detective said one of the registrations was of a vehicle targeted in a pipe bomb attack in Strabane earlier this year while a second was of a car belonging to a contractor who had carried out work at the local PSNI station.

The third registration was said to belong to a local businessman. Police believe he was to be the target of a so-called ''tiger kidnapping''.

A defence solicitor said his client had no knowledge of the documents and told police he thought they were numbers for cows on his father's farm.

He said his client failed to recognise them because he was dyslexic.

Refusing bail, district judge Liam McNally said it was significant that one of the registrations found was that of a car pipe bombed earlier this year.

Relatives of Mr Edwards applauded and shouted as he left court.