Five appear in Newtownards court on drugs charges


Five Newtownards men were in court on Thursday accused of supplying cocaine in various bars in the town following a five-month undercover police operation.

Appearing in their town’s magistrates court, all five spoke only to confirm that they understood their respective charges.

In the dock were David Milligan (35) and 25-year-old Philip Reid, both from Shackleton Walk, John Clements, a 31-year-old joiner from Priory Avenue, Scott McClure (27), from Hampden Grove and 31-year-old Jonathon Tate from Market Street.

Releasing all five on their own bail of £500, District Judge Mark Hamill also imposed curfews from 10pm to 7am and barred them from all licensed premises in Ards.

They are due back before the court on 12 November.