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Monday, April 15, 2013

Dissident republicans, Derry Charges

A 20-year-old man has appeared in court in Derry on charges linked to the discovery of weapons and explosives in a car in the Northland Road area of the city on Friday evening.

Man in court over Derry weapons
The man appeared in court in Londonderry on Wednesday.
Nathan Hastings, a telecommunications worker from Stradowen Drive in Strathfoyle, is charged with possession of firearms, imitation firearms, ammunition and explosives.

He is also charged with possessing an improvised explosive device.

The court was told Hastings did not speak during a series of extensive interviews over two days following his arrest.

A police officer told the court he was the driver of a Citroen Xsara car, which was one of two vehicles stopped by police in an operation targeting dissident republican activity.

The driver of the second car, a 54-year-old local man, was also arrested but later released unconditionally.

The officer said inside the car driven by the defendant police found the items in a plastic bag in the front passenger footwell.

He described the defendant as being the public face of the 32 county sovereignty movement and said that almost two hours before his arrest he was seen abandoning his own car, a Vauxhall Astra at Fanad Drive in the Creggan estate.

Hastings, who has no criminal record and who is a father of a two-year-old boy, was refused bail and remanded in custody until 8 May.

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