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Man in court M1 motorway bomb charges

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A County Down man has appeared in court charged with having bomb parts and conspiring to cause an explosion.

Asked if he understood the charges against him, Brian Owens, 20, from Old Road, Castlewellan, made no response.

He is accused of having the component parts of an explosive device for the purpose of terrorism and of conspiring with others to cause an explosion.

Bomb parts were found on the M1 motorway during a security alert which started on Tuesday night.

They were discovered on Wednesday morning during a search of the roadside at the Coalisland off-slip near Dungannon.

The accused was arrested later in the Newry area.

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