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Real IRA Spy Ring Smashed at Royal

A 27-year-old north Belfast man will appear in court this morning in connection with the police operation which smashed an alleged Real IRA spy ring. The man was charged with four counts of collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists. Police continued to question four others last night. It is understood the Real IRA were using medical records to target members of the recently established district policing partnerships, politicians and others, including police officers. Chief Constable Hugh Orde said the material appeared to come from the records of the Royal Victoria Hospital on the Falls Road in west Belfast. He said police have started issuing warnings to those they believed to be at risk. Among the five arrested is a member of staff at the hospital, understood to be a clerical officer with access to the password-guarded records. Giving details of the operation, Mr Orde said: “This is an ongoing investigation. It is a substantial operation and it has been very professionally executed and carried out. Full Story

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