Nathan Hastings charged over weapons find in Londonderry

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with the discovery of guns, ammunition and a pipe bomb, in Londonderry on Friday night.

The find was made when two cars were stopped by police on the Northland Road on Friday evening.

Nathan Hastings, 20, a telecommunications employee from Stradowen Drive in Strathfoyle, faces three charges.

He was remanded in custody until 9 May.

Mr Hastings is charged with having guns, imitation guns, ammunition and explosives on suspicion that they were for use in an act of terrorism; having an improvised explosive device with intent to cause injury to property or endanger life and having a gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life or damage property.

A detective constable told Londonderry Magistrates Court that Mr Hastings was driving a car in which the weapons were found on the Northland Road on Friday night.

The police also stopped a car being driven by another man but nothing was found in that car.

He was released unconditionally.

A 54-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the gun and ammunition find on Friday remains in custody.

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