“MI5 has taken charge of national security in Northern Ireland”

A follow-up to yesterday’s note of intelligence-led policing operations. As the official hand-over of responsibility for National Security from the police to MI5 takes place, there were reports of police involved in that operation, in the Craigavon area of County Armagh, being attacked and preventing the hijack of a lorry and a bus and, as a result of that operation, reports today of finds of weapons, ammunition and explosives. From this UTV report

A spokesperson added: “All the necessary service level agreements are in place and this step brings the Police Service of Northern Ireland into line with the arrangements in all other UK police services.”

Adds “The transfer of powers took place at midday on Wednesday” Update Of the nine arrested, one charged, one released pending a report.