Three remanded over terror charges

Three men were remanded in custody when they appeared in court charged with possessing firearms and money for terrorist purposes.

James Moloney, 44, Robert Naylor, 48, and Benjamin Wilson, 35, were arrested last Sunday.

All three faced charges under the Terrorism Act of possessing money, guns, silencers and ammunition for terrorist purposes when they appeared amid tight security at Bow Street Magistrates Court in central London. They were also charged with conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life, and possession of two handguns, two silencers and a machine gun.

Wilson, owner of a van hire company, of Carlton Street, Morecambe, Lancashire, and Moloney, a concreter, of Napier Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, were also charged with possession of ammunition without a certificate.

Naylor, an unemployed father of seven, of Westminster Road, Morecambe, faced an additional charge of selling ammunition without being a registered dealer.

The defendants spoke only to confirm their names, ages and addresses during the 45-minute hearing.

They were arrested after armed officers raided premises on an industrial estate in Morecambe on August 10 as part of an investigation into the activities of Irish dissident groups.

Naylor, who wore a white tee shirt, and blue trousers, and Wilson, dressed in a beige fleece and blue jeans, were refused bail.

Moloney, who wore a blue sweatshirt and blue trousers, made no application for bail.

All three were remanded in custody to appear before the Old Bailey on August 22.