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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Christy Kinahan gang molls told to flee Spain as drugs feud escalates

Christy Kinahan
Christy Kinahan

A DEADLY Costa del Sol feud that the Christy Kinahan crime syndicate are involved in has become so dangerous that the wives and girlfriends of some senior gang members have been told to move back to Dublin.

The Kinahan gang are involved in a bitter feud with a drugs trafficking mob from Liverpool over a missing drugs shipment that murdered

gangster Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh (44) was blamed for stealing.

Sources say this is why Kavanagh was shot dead in a Spanish pub last September, but it is now believed that the Liverpool mob who had him killed are intent on trying to wipe out the Kinahans.

Gang members’ wives and girlfriends are moving back to Ireland for fear they will be targeted in Spain.

“The Liverpool crew are not just content that they had Kavanagh shot dead, it’s now feared they’re planning other attacks and this is putting huge

pressure on Christy Kinahan and his cronies in Spain,” a source said.

“It seems the Dublin gang are so concerned about the escalating situation that they don’t want their women in their stronghold in Marbella in case they get shot at.”

The tense situation in southern Spain is thought to be one of the biggest challenges to have faced the Kinahan network since they became one of Eur-ope’s biggest drugs trafficking gangs.

Sources say the Liverpool gang, who previously worked with the Kinahan crew, were furious when a shipment of drugs that was meant to be divided between the two organisations was stolen by Kavanagh.

The gangster was shot nine times with a machine pistol in broad daylight as he sat drinking beer at Harmon’s Irish

bar in Elviria last September 6.

In the aftermath of Kavanagh’s murder, it was reported that lawyers for Kinahan’s son Daniel announced they would be asking the Spanish courts to provide him with armed police protection.

This is not believed to have happened, and it is not known how closely Spanish police are monitoring the escalating feud.

kfoy@herald.ie

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