Man charged with causing security alert

Coleraine Court.
Coleraine Court.

A MAN charged with causing a security alert at Ballycastle Police Station and making a number of hoax calls saying bombs had been left at PSNI bases across Northern Ireland, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday, May 9 for the latest hearing connected with his case.

58-year-old Noel McGinn of Mayo Drive, Ballycastle, is charged with possessing articles for use with a petrol bomb and placing an article to cause a bomb hoax at Ballycastle Police Station on March 5, 2015.

McGinn is also accused of making three hoax phone calls - two to daily newspapers and one to a weekly newspaper - on March 13 last year saying there were bombs at various police stations.

He also allegedly made a similar call on March 14 to the emergency services saying there was a bomb at a pub in Ballycastle.

The accused is further charged with possessing a magnet in connection with fraud on March 25, 2014.

He is currently on bail and is due back in court in June.

Knife-related charges

A MAN has had knife-related charges withdrawn.

Patrick Gerard McGothigan (28), whose address was given as Red Road near Ballintoy, had been charged with wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to a man and possession of an offensive weapon, a knife.

The charges related to October 19 last year.

The charges were withdrawn at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday May 9.