Northern Ireland

PSNI officer Allen Kennedy faces gun and silencer charges

Image caption The officer appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court

A police officer has been remanded in custody accused of trying to acquire a gun, ammunition and silencer.

Allen Kennedy is also charged with having quantities of ecstasy and cocaine with intent to supply.

The 30-year-old, whose address was given as c/o Strandtown Police Station in east Belfast, was arrested in the city on Monday.

He faced six charges at Belfast Magistrates Court.

The policeman is accused of the attempted possession of a handgun, 10 rounds of ammunition and a silencer in suspicious circumstances and with intent to endanger life.

Mr Kennedy, who is currently suspended from duties due to unrelated matters, is further charged with having bullets and a shotgun cartridge.

He faces further allegations of having Class A drugs with intent to supply, and possession of cannabis.

All of the alleged offences occurred at locations in Belfast and Newtownards on 5 September.

Standing in the dock dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, Mr Kennedy confirmed he understood the charges, replying: "I do."

A defence solicitor told the court his client was not seeking bail at this stage.

He was remanded into custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks time.