POLICE FOIL MAJOR MID-ULSTER TERROR PLOT

POLICE have foiled a terror plot linked to a Mid-Ulster faction of dissident republicans, a court has heard.

It comes after three men and one woman, all from the Tyrone and County Antrim areas, were charged in court in relation to dissident republican activity.

They are 37 year-old Sharon Rafferty from Pomeroy, former Loughshore man Terence Aidan Coney, Gavin Coney from Omagh and Sean Kelly from Toomebridge.

The four appeared at Omagh Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with offences linked to a dissident republican terror training camp that included a secret firing range.

Police claimed Rafferty, a mother of three from the small County Tyrone village, had been recorded talking to a co-accused about targeting police officers and discussing the impact of a .22 rifle bullet on a human being.

According to police, the four were allegedly involved in an improvised terrorist training camp at Formil Wood on the Gorticashel Road.

It was claimed that 200 rounds were heard being fired at the wood on March 30 this year and that bullet casings were recovered from the area.

All four defendants are accused of possessing a .22 Walther rifle and ammunition and attending a place used for terrorist training.

The officer said balaclavas, rubber gloves, and four sets of waterproof clothing had been found during a search of Gavin Coney’s house.

He also confirmed that a .22 Walther rifle is legally held by Gavin Coney.

The court heard that during seven days of interviews, Rafferty and the Coney brothers had not answered police questions, while Kelly had denied membership of any organisation. Only Rafferty applied for bail but judge Liam McNally rejected her application.

All four were remanded in custody.