Northern Ireland

Malcolm Stevenson charged over Belfast aerosol blast

The explosion caused a security alert in Belfast city centre
Image caption The rucksack explosion caused a security alert in Belfast city centre on Tuesday morning

A man charged in connection with a small explosion in central Belfast has appeared in court in the city.

Malcolm Stevenson was arrested over the incident during which an aerosol was ignited inside a rucksack.

No-one was hurt in the blast at the Chichester Street/Victoria Street junction early on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old accused, of Templemore Street, east Belfast, was remanded in custody charged with criminal damage endangering life.

He is alleged to have intentionally damaged a rucksack containing two aerosol canisters belonging to an unknown person.

A second count of resisting police relates to his detention on Wednesday.

Mr Stevenson had been out on bail on separate charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting police over an alleged incident in Belfast's Cornmarket on 17 July.

The judge at Belfast Magistrates' Court remanded him in custody to appear again by video link next week.

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