A 51-year-old Dublin man has appeared before a magistrates court in the UK charged with a firearms offence.

Thomas Kavanagh, who has an address at Sutton Road in Tamworth, Staffordshire, was detained after he flew into Birmingham Airport last Saturday morning.

He was granted bail but remanded in custody after the prosecution challenged the decision.

In court today, the father-of-six children spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the facts were very straightforward and the accused is charged with an offence that carries a mandatory minimum term of five years and asked for a remand in custody.

His defence counsel objected saying he was a businessman, owns a car business, and is the father of six children who should be granted bail.

The magistrates decided to release Mr Kavanagh on bail but on strict conditions including electronic monitoring.

However, the CPS said it will appeal that decision to the higher crown court and Mr Kavanagh was remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court tomorrow.

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