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Man arrested in Donegal after attempted bomb attack on police in Derry

first_imgThe trial of a man accused of planting a booby-trap bomb under the car of an off-duty policeman has heard of a high-speed Garda chase across Donegal.Belfast Crown Court has already heard that although Garda detained Sean McVeigh and two others outside Killygordon in Donegal after the device was planted, he was not arrested until nearly a year later. The 37-year-old from Victoria Street, Lurgan, who denies attempting to murder police and possessing the under-car bomb on June 18, 2015 was arrested by PSNI officers in May 2016 while on a train.The device was left under the car of an officer at his home near Eglinton, Co Derry in June 2015.Yesterday the court was told that gardaí in Letterkenny were asked for assistance by the PSNI in Derry, concerning two vehicles which failed to stop at a checkpoint and were thought to be en route to Bridgend in Donegal.It was suspected they may have had something to do with the planting of the bomb.Garda patrols were alerted while members from its armed Regional Support Unit were also tasked to search for the car.A two-man patrol from this unit driving towards Lifford spotted one of the suspect vehicles and gave chase.The car drove through a red light, swerving on to the wrong side of the road to avoid a car stopped at the lights. However, eventually gardaí managed to block it.A garda said that after first detaining and handcuffing the rear-seat passenger, he then detained and cuffed McVeigh, who was the front-seat passenger, while his sergeant arrested the driver. The three men remained silent, he said.The garda said that in a later follow-up search of the chase route he found a black glove turned inside out, lying on the ground.He remained with the find until it was photographed and placed in an envelope by a detective.During cross-examination the officers said they were aware of the need to forensically protect the scene, and of the dangers of possible contamination.However, they accepted that they had not been wearing gloves and had not put the men in forensic suits, as they were not available.They maintained there had been no “long search of the vehicle” and that while they may have looked inside the vehicle, they had not got into it.The trial continues.Man arrested in Donegal after attempted bomb attack on police in Derry was last modified: August 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alderweireld open to Spurs stay

first_imgTransfers Alderweireld open to Tottenham stay despite Man Utd rumours Ryan Benson 07:06 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) toby alderweireld - cropped Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Belgian centre-back has attracted interest from Manchester United but he says he could yet remain at Spurs beyond the close-season Toby Alderweireld has made it clear he is open to the possibility of staying at Tottenham despite stories linking him with a move.The Belgium international featured just 14 times in the Premier League last season, with his campaign disrupted by suggestions of a contract stalemate as well as hamstring and thigh injuries.Alderweireld has two years left on his current deal, but the uncertainty around an extension has led to links with Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Jose Mourinho’s side are said to have already declared their interest in the centre-back, though he insists he is in no rush to leave Spurs.When asked if staying at Spurs was a possibility, Alderweireld told reporters: “Yeah, why not? I have two years left on my contract. I don’t know what is going to happen.”The 29-year-old is away on international duty with Belgium at the World Cup and will come up against plenty of familiar faces when they face England.And Alderweireld thinks England have a better aura around them this time around.”I have been in the Premier League for four years and something is different with England now,” Alderweireld added. “They are young lads, there is a lot of desire.”There is a new vibe coming. They have wonderful players, not just stars but players who want to become better.”I think they are going to have a very good World Cup. England can do whatever they want if they are on it. They are a very good team.”I know most of the players. They have the right mentality to go far now. They have quality and desire, players with a good attitude.”last_img read more