PSNI: Police welcome the sentencing of Derry dissident republican

Nathan Hastings.

Nathan Hastings.

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Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have welcomed the 10 year sentence imposed on 21 year old Nathan Hastings at Laganside Court today.

Commenting on the sentencing, Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddis said: “Following investigations into dissident republican activity by Detectives from Serious Crime Branch, a car was stopped on the Northland Road area of Derry at approximately 8.00pm on Friday, 12 April 2013. A number of firearms, a quantity of ammunition and a pipe bomb were recovered at the scene and the 21 year old male was arrested.

Ammunition recovered at the scene of the arrest.

Ammunition recovered at the scene of the arrest.

“Yet again we have seen the blatant disregard of these individuals willing to endanger life in our community. These terrorist groups continue to pose a threat to the people of Northern Ireland. However, we will continue to work with our partner agencies, the community, community representatives and local councillors to manage this threat in order to keep people safe.

“We will remain vigilant and ask members of the public to continue to work with us to reduce the threat of serious harm posed by terrorist criminals, take weapons off our streets and, as in this case, bring those responsible to justice.”

A handgun recovered during the arrest.

A handgun recovered during the arrest.

The car in which Nathan Hastings was travelling.

The car in which Nathan Hastings was travelling.