UK armed forces member charged with terrorism offenses

British police have charged a Royal Marine with a series of terrorism-related offenses.

Thirty-year-old Ciaran Maxwell is scheduled to appear in a London court Friday afternoon.

Police say he is charged under the 2006 Terrorism Act and has been accused of terrorist activity dating back to January 2011.

He is accused of engaging in the preparation of terrorism, purchasing chemicals and components to be used in the manufacture of explosives, manufacturing explosives, and storing explosives in England and Northern Ireland.

He is also charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to supply it and with fraud.

Police say searches at several properties in England and Northern Ireland are continuing.