Police have revealed that they have recovered a “significant amount of terrorist material” during recent terrorism-related searches in the Larne area.
The materials, which include explosive devices, component parts for explosives, chemicals for use in bomb making, ammunition and a firearm, were found at 12 separate locations in an extensive search operation which began on August 24.
Head of the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said he was “confident” that the area and Northern Ireland were safer as a result of the finds.
He said: “Since August 24 an extensive search operation has taken place in the Larne area.
“Police have searched 12 separate locations and recovered a significant amount of terrorist material including explosive devices, component parts for explosives, chemicals for use in bomb making, ammunition and a firearm.
“These searches were part of a joint, ongoing, police operation between PSNI and the Metropolitan Police Service in London.
“I would like to thank the community of Larne for their patience while these searches were ongoing.
“I am aware of the disruption this has caused to local residents and am extremely grateful for their co-operation and understanding.
“However, as I am sure the people living in Larne will understand, we will take no chances where their safety is concerned and, as a result of the significant terrorist material recovered, I am confident that the area, and Northern Ireland in general, is safer as a result.”
Justice Minister Claire Sugden has commended the policing operation.
I want to congratulate the PSNI and their colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service on a very successful policing operation,” said the MLA.
“As a result of their efforts over recent days, a substantial amount of terrorist material has been taken out of circulation.
“This is a hugely significant find and for that I am very grateful.
“We could have been looking at a very different outcome today.
“I call on everyone to assist the police in whatever way they can.”