The BBC report that three men have been sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to having explosives with intent to enable others to cause serious damage to property. The three, Daire McKenna, Colin Avery and Stephen Coleman, of Lurgan, were arrrested in raids at two sheds in Lurgan in April 2006. At the time, the arrests were followed by attacks on the police in the area and the temporary closure of the railway track after masked men drove a van onto the track and set it on fire. From today’s BBC report
The judge said that although the men had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, “their role in providing others with such a product still remains a serious offence for which condign periods of imprisonment will be imposed”. He said a reduction in terrorist violence in recent times did not equate to a reduction in jail terms for terrorist offences.