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Man charged with attempted murder of senior Northern Ireland police detective

A 44-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell in Co Tyrone last year.

The man was arrested in the Dungannon area on Thursday and charged on Friday evening.

He has been charged with attempted murder, directing terrorism and preparation of terrorist acts.

The man is due to appear before Dungannon Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

The senior officer was seriously injured after he was shot several times in front of his son at a sports complex in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on 22 February 2023.

The detective, who had investigated a number of high-profile murder cases, spent several weeks in intensive care.

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A typed message, purportedly from the New IRA, was posted on a wall in Londonderry and said the group was responsible for the shooting.

Police have said the New IRA is the main line of inquiry in the investigation.

A number of people have previously appeared in court charged in connection with Mr Caldwell's shooting and on charges around the claim of responsibility.

Mr Caldwell suffered "life-changing" injuries in the attack.

He made his first public appearance since the shooting in May - when he attended a garden party in Co Down with the King and Queen.