Royal Navy man charged with breaking Official Secrets Act

A Royal Navy submariner has appeared in court charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

Petty Officer Edward Devenney, 29, from Northern Ireland, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He was arrested in Plymouth on Tuesday morning and charged on Wednesday night.

He is accused of communicating information on 28 January 2012 "which could be deemed to be useful to an enemy of the state".

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police, which made the arrest, said several searches had been carried out as part of the operation but it was unable to give any more information about the incident.

PO Devenney did not enter a plea to the charge of disclosing information gained in contravention of section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1911.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 14 June.