Larne: police searches in marine’s estate

Searches in Larne, County Antrim
Searches in Larne, County Antrim

Police are carrying out searches in the same estate in Larne from which a marine came who is being questioned about terrorism.

According to local sources, four PSNI Land Rovers, a forensic van and several police cars are at a house in the mainly nationalist Seacourt Estate while a search of a property is being carried out. The area is understood to be peaceful.

Police have not been available to comment.

It is understood Ciaran Maxwell, a serving royal marine currently in police custody, lived in the same estate. It was confirmed this evening that the police have been given an extra five days to question him with regards to Northern Ireland terrorism.

He was arrested in Somerset on Wednesday by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Command.

The 30-year-old is suspected of preparing for acts of terrorism.

His arrest is understood to be linked to two dissident republican arms dumps found near Larne earlier this year.

Searches are also ongoing in Devon in connection with his arrest.