A second man arrested by PSNI detectives investigating a security alert that led to the Minister for Foreign Affairs being evacuated from an event in Belfast has been charged with firearms offences.

The 51-year-old, who was arrested in Ballymena in Co Antrim on Wednesday, will appear in Laganside Magistrate Court in Belfast tomorrow.

He has been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances, possession of a prohibited firearm, and possession of a handgun and ammunition without a certificate.

Another man arrested in Belfast on Wednesday, Winston Irvine from Ballysillan in the north of the city, appeared in court yesterday on similar charges.

Simon Coveney had to leave a peace event, organised by the John and Pat Hume Foundation, in north Belfast as a result of the incident on 25 March.

The Houben Centre in the Crumlin Road was evacuated and a funeral service at nearby Holy Cross Church was also disrupted.