03 February 2017
East Antrim candidate Gordon Lyons has welcomed a guilty plea from a Royal Marine, relating to dissident republican terrorist activity in the Larne area.
He said, "I welcome this latest news today and hope that the law will now hand out an appropriate sentence for Mr Maxwell's irresponsible actions.
The PSNI have relentlessly sought to find out information on the republican arms dump, discovered near Larne and I am pleased that someone has been brought to court on charges relating to terrorism. For the protection and safe guarding of the community, it is vitally important that any activity of such nature should be investigated.
His actions posed a real threat to the peace within the community and he clearly held no regard for the lives of those who live here. Republican activity will not and should not be tolerated and I once again thank the Police for their continued work in stopping this type of activity."