Northern Ireland

Ammunition found in race hate operation, court told

Ammunition was found in an east Belfast man's home during a police investigation into suspected race hate crimes, a court has been told.

Richard Cartmill, 41, of Tullyard Way, faces a charge of possessing ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

He was detained as part of Operation Reiner - the police response to suspected racially-motivated offences.

A defence lawyer said there was no evidence linking his client to any hate crimes.

Opposing bail, a detective said information had led to his home being searched.

She was pressed further by the district judge on what else could potentially connect the accused to the investigation.

Curfew

"I'm concerned, as everybody is concerned, about what seems to be a prevailing increase of hate crimes in particular parts of Belfast," the judge said.

"If you're making the case that you're concerned for further offending and trying to link it into the context of hate crime... is there anything you're putting forward to me to link him to what has been happening in the community?"

The detective replied that apart from the information received by police "there's nothing I can stand over here in court".

The judge then ruled: "On the basis of what I have heard today I can't say there's sufficient to remand him in custody."

Granting bail, she imposed a curfew and ordered the accused to report to police daily.

Mr Cartmill will appear in court again in four weeks time.