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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Hoax Swords bomb scare may be linked to feud

Gardai at the scene in Swords, North Dublin
Gardai at the scene in Swords, North Dublin

Gardai are investigating if a hoax bomb scare that resulted in Swords' main street being closed down is linked to the ongoing Drogheda feud.

In an anonymous phone call received by gardai at around 4.30pm yesterday, it was claimed that two pipe bombs had been left outside Swords Garda Station, sparking a major security alert.

Main Street was closed down for over an hour, with the Malahide Road also affected, resulting in traffic chaos.

Gardai later reopened both roads after searches revealed nothing sinister.

However, the Herald can reveal that gardai are now investigating if the inci- dent was orchestrated in order to cause chaos by associates of those involved in the volatile Drogheda feud.

Warfare

This comes after it emerged that a major player on one side of the feud has been signing on at Swords Garda Station as part of his bail conditions for an offence linked to the warfare in the Co Louth town.

The feud has been spiralling out of control in recent months and has seen a spate of incidents, including shootings and firebomb attacks on homes.

It was reported yesterday that some premises were evacuated and bus services diverted as a result of the incident in Swords.

"Gardai in Swords have reopened Main Street and Malahide road Swords following an earlier security alert," a garda spokesperson said.

"The alarm was raised shortly after 4.30pm and a cursory search was carried out by gardai and business owners in the area as a precaution.

"Nothing was located by gardai and enquiries are ongoing."

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