Derry Republican prisoner Tony Taylor has been denied release from prison.

A two-day hearing took place in Belfast last week to decide whether or not the father-of-three should be released from prison.

His family were told of the decision this afternoon.

Mr Taylor was returned to prison in March 2016, on the instructions of the then Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) said his licence was revoked by the Parole Commission because of the risk he posed to the public.

Taylor was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1994 after he was seriously injured in a premature explosion in Derry. The Provisional IRA inmate was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

In 2011, he was then sentenced to three years behind bars for possession of a rifle in a case that made history by using covert surveillance evidence gathered by a drone.

The 48-year-old is currently detained at Maghaberry Prison.

However, concerns have been raised by those campaigning for Mr Taylor’s release that his legal team were excluded from hearing evidence against him, which was heard in a closed session.

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