Friday 28 October 2016

Gardai rush to home of criminal 'under attack'

Tensions remain high in Dublin, with one criminal yesterday calling emergency services to his West Dublin home fearing he was under attack.

The criminal - an associate of Gary Hutch - sparked a bizarre incident when two men approached the front door of his home in Lucan yesterday afternoon.

The man believed the two men were brothers linked to the Kinahan cartel.

Fearing the worst, the man frantically called the emergency services, saying he was about to be attacked. Armed gardai rushed to the scene, but the two men had left by the time they arrived.

Two hours later, gardai established that the two men were innocent and not linked to the Kinahan gang.

Although the incident ultimately came to nothing, it is a sign of the tensions in the city.


Following the Regency Hotel shootings, where criminal David Byrne was murdered, and the gunning down of Eddie Hutch Snr at his home in Ballybough on Monday night, armed gardai are on high alert.

Heavily-armed members of the Emergency Response Unit have been patrolling streets in the north and south inner city since.

The development comes as officers privately admit they are shocked by the events.

Up to 40 key criminals are under surveillance by gardai. In recent months, many have been warned their lives are under threat.

Meanwhile, gardai are still searching for a close associate of Gary Hutch who has been identified in photographs taken shortly after the Regency Hotel attack last Friday.

The man, who is in his 20s and from the north inner-city, was dressed as a woman. A second man, who is stocky and wearing a cap, is also believed to have been identified and is thought to be from the North.


The two men were part of a six-man hit squad.

Two of the attackers were armed with AK-47s and wearing fake garda uniforms when they stormed the hotel and shot dead Byrne. A getaway driver whisked the group away after the shocking attack.

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