A Liverpool man has been charged under the Terrorism Act with membership of the banned Loyalist group the Ulster Volunteer Force.
John Irwin, 43, of Scarsdale Road, Norris Green, was appearing in court in Manchester on Saturday.
He is also charged with possessing items for "a terrorist purpose" and possessing an illegal firearm.
Mr Irwin was arrested by Greater Manchester Police's anti-terrorist unit on Thursday in Liverpool.
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