‘Significant amount of terrorist material’ found in Larne

A series of searches have been carried out in Larne over recent weeks and months. Credit: PSNI

Police have revealed a “significant” amount of terrorist material has been discovered during an “extensive” search operation in Larne over the past two weeks.

Twelve locations have been searched in the Co Antrim town since 24 August and explosive devices, component parts for explosives, chemicals for use in bomb making, ammunition and a firearm have been found.

Police said the searches are linked to earlier finds in Carnfunnock Country Park and Capanagh Forest in Larne.

A spokesperson added: “Therefore, our current assessment remains that both the earlier (March/May 2016) and most recent finds may be linked to dissident republican activity.”

The searches are part of a joint, ongoing police operation between the PSNI and Metropolitan Police Service in London.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr, Head of PSNI’s Crime Operations Department, said: "I would like to thank the community of Larne for their patience while these searches were ongoing.

“I am aware of the disruption this has caused to local residents and am extremely grateful for their co-operation and understanding.

“However, as I am sure the people living in Larne will understand, we will take no chances where their safety is concerned and, as a result of the significant terrorist material recovered, I am confident that the area, and Northern Ireland in general, is safer as a result.”