'Explosive substance' charge: Case withdrawn by prosecutors

'Explosive substance' charge: Case withdrawn by prosecutors

A MAN who had been accused of making an 'explosive substance' with intent to endanger life has had the charge withdrawn by the prosecution.

The charge was believed to have been connected to an incident in Broughshane in the summer of 2020.

Brian David Dean (55), understood to have previously lived in Northern Ireland but now with an address listed in Scotland, had been charged in relation to June 15, 2020.

The charge had read: 'Defendant on 15/06/2020 unlawfully and maliciously made a certain explosive substance, with intent by means thereof to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom or to enable some other person so to do, contrary to Section 3(1)(b) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.'

The case was mentioned at Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena.

No further details were given to the court.

There had been a security alert at Rocavan Meadow in Broughshane.

In June, 2020, police said at the time a 'viable device' had been found.

Residents had to be evacuated.

At the time, a picture from the scene showed a bomb disposal robot approaching an object near a property.

Police, at the time, said the incident could have had “devastating consequences”.

A PSNI spokesperson had said: “I’d like to thank local people, who had their evening disrupted, for their patience as we worked to make the area safe.

“This reckless act was beyond irresponsible and the people behind this cowardly act have no regard for human life.”

  • Main picture: A 'bomb disposal' robot pictured approaching an object in Broughshane in the summer of 2020.