Northern Ireland

Marian Price returned to jail by Secretary of State

The secretary of state has revoked the release from prison on licence of Old Bailey bomber Marian Price.

Owen Paterson said he made the decision because the threat posed by Price had "significantly increased".

The 57-year-old from Stockman's Avenue in Belfast appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Monday.

She was charged with encouraging support for an illegal organisation, following a dissident republican rally in Derry on Easter Sunday.

The defendant, whose name was given in court on Monday as Marion McGlinchey, was accused of addressing a meeting encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, the IRA.

A police sergeant told the court that she had been at an Easter Commemoration in Derry's city cemetery, where she held a piece of paper for a masked man who read a speech from it.

Her lawyer said that she had been asked to hold it because it was a windy day and that she had no idea what the speech contained.

The judge granted her bail on that charge.

However, she remains in custody after the secretary of state decided to revoke her release licence on Sunday night.

In a statement Mr Paterson said: "My priority is the safety of the people of Northern Ireland.

"The Government will not hesitate to use all the powers at its disposal under the law to counter the residual terrorist threat."

Price was jailed for the IRA bombing of the Old Bailey in London in 1973.

She is due to reappear in court again by videolink on the 9 June.