A Co Tyrone man has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with a number of serious terrorism offences.

Gavin Coyle, 33, with an address at Culmore Park in Omagh, Co Tyrone, was charged with possessing firearms and explosives.

The arms seizure was made by detectives investigating the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr by dissident republicans three weeks ago.

The Special Sitting of Dungannon Magistrates Court this morning lasted just seven minutes but took place amid a strong security presence.

Mr Coyle appeared before the court charged with possessing firearms and explosives with intent to endanger life and with having articles likely to be of use to terrorists on dates between May 2010 and April 2011.

Wearing a green t-shirt and blue jeans, he spoke only to confirm that he understood the charges.

They relate to a search of a lock-up on Mountjoy Road in Coalisland earlier this month in the wake of Constable Kerr's murder in Omagh.

Among the items seized were four assault rifles, six loaded magazines and Semtex.

The court heard part of the evidence against Mr Coyle is a footprint lifted from the lock up which is similar to a shoe seized by police at the man's home.

There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody to appear in court in court in Omagh on 17 May.