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Friday 22 November 2019

Gardai find loaded shotgun linked to gang feud in city park

A loaded sawn-off shotgun was found hidden in undergrowth
A loaded sawn-off shotgun was found hidden in undergrowth

Gardai have seized a loaded shotgun believed to be linked to a gang involved in a Dublin feud with former members of the Westies.

On Tuesday, gardai carried out a search in Sheephill Park, Corduff, as part of an ongoing policy targeting local gangs.

An area of wasteland near the property was also searched, and a loaded semi-automatic sawn-off shotgun was recovered hidden in undergrowth.

Violent

Gardai suspect the firearm is linked to a gang led by two brothers involved in the violent feud with former members of the infamous Westies gang.

The dispute has seen a number of tit-for-tat shootings and beatings. The recovered firearm has been sent off for ballistics tests at garda headquarters.

"There have been no arrests as part of the investigation as nobody was actually found in possession of the shotgun," a source told the Herald.

"But it was located very close to the home of two brothers heavily involved in the feuding and gardai suspect they were hiding it there."

Gardai have increased armed patrols in the area in an effort to prevent any further violent incidents following a spate of gun attacks and assaults.

On Monday night, shots were fired at a home linked to a criminal associated with the drug dealer 'Mr Flashy' for the second time in just over a fortnight.

Gardai were called to the Cappagh Drive area of Finglas after receiving reports of gunfire shortly before 11pm.

When gardai, including members of the Armed Support Unit, arrived, they found spent shell casings on the ground.

However, a number of people who were in the area at the time declined to assist officers.

A garda spokesman told the Herald that no injuries were reported and an examination of the scene was carried out.

Investigators at Finglas Garda Station are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

On April 13, shots were fired at the house at around 11pm, but again witnesses would not cooperate with gardai.

Last Friday night, gardai recovered a loaded pistol during searches near Riversdale Community College and the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown.

A loaded Makarov 9mm pistol and silencer were among the items seized in one search. Nine shotgun cartridges and four 9mm bullets were also found at a separate location.

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