Northern Ireland

Belfast 'mortar' bomb: Suspect accused of terror offences

Jamaica Street where police found bomb
Police sealed off Jamaica Street while army bomb experts made the bomb safe

A man has been charged with terrorism offences after the discovery of a mortar-type bomb in north Belfast.

The 21-year-old, who has not been named, is due before city magistrates later, after his arrest on Friday.

He is accused of preparing terrorist acts and possessing explosives with intent to endanger life.

More than 30 homes were evacuated following the discovery of the missile in Jamaica Street, Ardoyne, last Thursday night.

Officers initially arrested the suspect on suspicion of dissident republican activity as they took him into custody.

Following the discovery, the PSNI said the horizontal-type mortar device was "substantial" and "viable", and had put people's lives at risk.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes after several hours.