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Two remanded on extortion charges
A Belfast man has appeared at the city's magistrates court charged with terrorist offences and extortion.

Martin Overend, 35, of Broadway Tower, is accused of having information about police and security force members likely to be of use to terrorists.

He and another man, Thomas Patrick Crossan, 34, of Norfolk Road, Belfast, are also accused of demanding 60,000 and making threats to kill.

Both men made no reply when charged and were remanded in custody.

Mr Overend is also accused of possessing weapons, ammunition and component parts for a pipe bomb.

An earllier charge of attempted murder against both men was withdrawn by the prosecution.

The defendants are due to appear in court again on 21 April.

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