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Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell terrorism trial date set

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Image caption Ciarán Maxwell was arrested after searches in County Antrim and Devon

A serving Royal Marine from Northern Ireland accused of terrorism, fraud and drugs offences will stand trial in February.

Ciarán Maxwell is charged with making explosives and storing them in hides in England and Northern Ireland.

He appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from Belmarsh Prison on Monday.

A trial date was set for 27 February, with a plea hearing to be held on 13 January.

Ciarán Maxwell: Charges in brief

  • Charge One involves the creation of a library of documents likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism
  • It also relates to obtaining chemicals and components for making explosive substances
  • It covers the possession of an adapted PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) pass card and items of PSNI uniform
  • It relates to manufacturing explosive substances and creating and maintaining hides to store bomb components in England and Northern Ireland
  • Charge Two relates to possession of cannabis with intent to supply
  • Charge Three is a fraud charge relating to bank cards

Ciarán Maxwell: Full list of charges

Mr Maxwell - who is originally from Larne, County Antrim, but now lives in England - has previously pleaded not guilty to bank card fraud and intent to supply cannabis.

He has not yet been asked to enter a plea on the terrorism charge.

The 30-year-old was arrested in Somerset on 24 August following searches in Larne, County Antrim, and Devon.

His arrest was understood to be connected to two arms dumps found in County Antrim this year, and came after a long-running investigation involving the Security Service (MI5), the PSNI, South West Counter-Terrorism Unit and Scotland Yard's Counter-Terrorism Unit.

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