Northern Ireland

Charges against Brian Carron dropped in terrorism offences case

Brian Carron Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Brian Carron was released of all bail terms and told he was free to go

Charges against a man described by the PSNI as a suspected member of the New IRA have been dropped.

Brian Carron, 34, of Colliers Lane in Coalisland, County Tyrone, was accused of possessing explosives, firearms and articles for use in terrorism.

On Wednesday, Dungannon Magistrates' Court heard the case would not proceed.

It is understood that the charges arose from an investigation linked to the murder of PC Ronan Kerr, but were not connected to his death.

PC Kerr was the victim of an undercar booby trap device on 2 April 2011.

Previously the court was told the case was on track for committal to trial and a hearing was listed for later in June.

But on Wednesday, a Public Prosecution Service (PPS) lawyer said: "All matters are to be withdrawn."

Mr Carron was released of all bail terms and told he was free to go.

The BBC understands this decision was taken after a number of evidential matters came to light, meaning the PPS had to review the Test for Prosecution.

The BBC further understands that this process will require time to allow the PSNI to make further enquiries and obtain additional evidence.

The PSNI said the PPS had identified "further evidential work relating to DNA".

Det Ch Insp John Caldwell, from Major Investigation Team, said: "Police are undertaking this additional investigative work with a view to forwarding a full file to the PPS.

"The current charges against Brian Carron will be withdrawn on a without prejudice basis and the matter will be referred to PPS by way of report."