British solider charged with Northern Ireland terrorism offences

Ciaran Maxwell is due to appear in court later

British solider charged with Northern Ireland terrorism offences

Image: Metropolitan Police

A serving member of the British armed forces has been charged with Northern Ireland-terrorism offences.

Ciaran Maxwell, who was arrested at his base in England last week, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

He is to be charged with three offences, including obtaining items to be used in explosives.

The 30-year-old serviceman from Exminster, Devon, is also facing charges of possession of cannabis and possession of articles for use in connection with fraud.

The charges include:

  • Engaging in conduct in preparation for the intention of assisting another to commit acts of terrorism, including research leading to the creation of a library of documents likely to be useful to terrorists
  • Obtaining articles connected with an act of terrorism, specifically chemicals and components to be used in explosives and an image of an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card and uniform.
  • Manufacturing explosives and creating 'hides' in which to store them along with ammunition, weapons, tools and resources and other items linked to terrorism.
  • Possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of bank cards and associated security codes for use in connection with fraud.

Maxwell was detained by counter terrorism officers from Scotland Yard assisted by police from Avon and Somerset and Devon and Cornwall.

Searches in Antrim in Northern Ireland and a woodland in Devon, England are continuing.