Man held at airport under terror laws

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
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A ST Helens man detained under terror laws at Liverpool John Lennon Airport has appeared in court on a firearms charge.

Michael McMahon, 63, was held after live ammunition was discovered by security staff in luggage due for Dublin on the evening of August 22.

The find sparked a series searches of properties across Rainhill, where a pistol was later recovered.

Mr McMahon, of School Lane, Rainhill, has already made his first appearance before Manchester City Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of a prohibited firearm.

No pleas were entered and there was no application made for bail.

Mr McMahon was remanded into custody ahead of a preliminary hearing at Manchester Crown Court next Tuesday (September 10).

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed: “Michael Dermot McMahon, of School Lane, Rainhill, Merseyside, was charged with possession of a firearm contrary to Section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968.

“The charge relates to the arrest of a man at Liverpool Airport on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism on the evening of Thursday, August 22.”

Further searches have since been been undertaken at various premises across the region by officers from Merseyside Police, assisted by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

Following the arrest, the counter terrorism unit moved to reassure people that there was “no threat to anyone in the area or the surrounding communities”. The arrest follows the arrest of the partner of a newspaper journalist under terror laws