Glasgow & West Scotland

John Gorman, 56, charged over Scottish terror probe

Govan police station with armed police outside
Image caption Those detained in last week's operation were being held at the Scottish Terrorist Detention Centre

A sixth person has appeared in court charged with conspiring to commit acts of terrorism and murder ex-UDA members.

John Gorman, 56, is alleged to have acted with five others, who have also been charged with planning to murder Johnny Adair and Samuel McCrory.

He has also been charged with conspiring at a property in Cathcart, Glasgow, to commit acts of terrorism.

Mr Gorman, from Irvine in Ayrshire, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Martin Hughes, 34, Anton Duffy, 39, and 27-year-old Stacy McAllister, all from Glasgow; Paul Sands, 30, from Ayr; and Eard McVeigh, 26, from Portpatrick, were detained during police raids across the country last week.

Along with Mr Gorman, they are all accused of plotting to carry out a terrorist campaign in the UK.

'Murder of civilians'

It is alleged they tried to get hold of firearms and explosives with a view to carrying out terrorist offences, including "damage to property and murder of civilians".

Mr Gorman appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday. He is due to appear at a later date for full committal.

The other five accused appeared in court on 29 October and made no plea or declaration and were also remanded in custody.

It is alleged that they all conspired to murder Johnny Adair and Samuel McCrory, who were both senior figures in the loyalist paramilitary organisation, the UDA, in the 1990s.

Both men have lived in Ayrshire for several years.

The operation which saw the six people detained was led by Police Scotland and also involved the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the security service.

After the operation, Police Scotland said it had focused on the "activities of individuals sympathetic to dissident republicanism, but who are not affiliated to any specific group".

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