Portpartick man charged with terrorism

A 26-year-old man from Portpatrick was remanded in custody after appearing at a Glasgow court on Tuesday charged with terrorism offences and conspiracy to murder.

Edward McVeigh was arrested last week in the village and appeared with four others at the court to face charges under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2000 which deals with facilitating, planning, organising and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

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

They each appeared separately in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court where they made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody by Sheriff Ian Miller. They are due to appear next week for full committal.

Police Scotland said it had been investigating the “activities of individuals sympathetic to dissident Republicanism but who are not affiliated to any specific group.”