A serving PSNI officer has been charged with trying to acquire a gun, ammunition and silencer.  

Allen Kennedy, 30, whose address was given as Strandtown Police Station in east Belfast, was also accused of having ecstasy and cocaine with intent to supply.

The police officer was arrested during an operation in Belfast on Monday and is accused of the attempted possession of a handgun, ten rounds of ammunition and a silencer in suspicious circumstances.

The offences are alleged to have occurred at locations in Belfast and Newtownards on 5 September.

Officer Kennedy did not seek bail and was remanded in custody.