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Damien Duffy. INLM28-007
Damien Duffy. INLM28-007

A Lurgan man charged over an alleged mortar-bomb attack plot against the security forces has been banned from attending any dissident republican gathering.

The prohibition was imposed on Damien Duffy as part of tight conditions under which he was granted High Court bail.

The 44-year-old of Campbell Walk is charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion.

He is also accused of collecting information likely to be use to terrorists.

Duffy was arrested along with two co-accused in May last year following a nine-month police investigation involving surveillance, tracking and covert recordings.

During a previous court hearing it was disclosed that the offences, stretching back to November 2009 relate to PSNI and prison officers’ movements in the Lurgan and Craigavon areas, their addresses and their routes to and from work.

Following a new hearing the Courts Service said bail was granted subject to conditions.

Delays in processing the case were raised as a reason for releasing the accused.

Along with sureties of £7,000, Duffy will only be released to an address approved by police and he is subject to a curfew.

In a further condition, it was ordered that he must not attend any gathering or protest involving dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.