Northern Ireland

Craigavon man in court on gun and explosives charges

A man has appeared in court charged with possession of firearms and explosives with intent to endanger life.

Thomas John Edwards from Meadowbrook, Tullygally was arrested during a police search in Craigavon on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old appeared at Lisburn Magistrates Court on Saturday.

He was charged with having an AKM assault rifle, a Beretta pistol, a mechanism for an improvised grenade launcher and 46 bullets.

He also faces a count of possessing a telescopic sight and a balaclava for a terrorist purpose.

A detective constable told Judge Alan White he believed he could connect Mr Edwards to the charges.

Under cross examination from a defence solicitor, the detective confirmed that during police interviews Mr Edwards gave police an "explanation" for the telescopic sight, but "denied any knowledge of the other items".

No bail application was lodged and Judge White remanded Mr Edwards into custody to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court by videolink in September.