Bogside man remanded on bomb charges

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A 30-year-old man from Derry’s Bogside has appeared in court accused of possessing bomb devices found in a flat in the city earlier this week.

Anthony Thomas Friel, of Gartan Square, is further charged with possessing articles which could be used in an act of terrorism.

The charges relate to the police search of a flat in Maureen Avenue on May 21.

Friel is accused of possessing three improvised explosive devices, three timer power units, timers and batteries.

The 30-year-old is also accused of having tools, sealed worksuits and duct tape.

During a brief hearing at Derry Magistrate’s Court this morning, Friel spoke only to confirm his details and that he understood the charges.

A PSNI investigating officer told the court he believed he could connect the defendant to the charges.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey said his client would not be applying for bail at this time.

He said there were “outstanding matters” he wished to discuss with the investigating officer and PPS before making such an application.

Friel was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on June 7.