Seven men have been remanded in custody after appearing before a court charged with the attempted murder of a senior PSNI detective.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell was shot multiple times in February outside a sports complex in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Mr Caldwell was coaching a youth football match and was with his young son at the time of the attack.

The so-called New IRA claimed responsibility for the shooting, with police investigating whether the dissident republican group may have been assisted by members of a criminal gang.

Appearing via videolink at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning were the seven accused: Jonathan McGuinty, 28, of St Julian’s Downs, Omagh; Brian Caron, 38, of Claremount Drive, Coalisland; Gavin Coyle, 45, Killybrack Mews, Omagh; Matthew McLean, 33, Glenpark Road, Omagh; Robert McLean, 29, Deverney Park, Omagh; James Ivor McLean, 72, Deverney Park, Omagh; and Alan McFarland, 47, of Deverney Park, Omagh.

Caron and Coyle further stand accused of belonging to a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA.

McGinty, McFarland and Matthew McLean have also been charged with preparing terrorist acts.

Three of the seven accused moved bail applications on Monday – Coyle, James Ivor McLean and McGuinty.

District Judge Steven Keon denied bail for all three on the grounds of the risk of further obfuscation and possible interference with the police investigation.

All seven were remanded in custody to appear before Omagh Magistrates’ Court via videolink on 27 June.