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Jailed Freddie's girlfriend hands over his passport

'FAT' Freddie Thompson's girlfriend has handed over his passport to authorities ahead of his extradition to Spain.

The gang boss arranged for his girlfriend Vicky Dempsey to access his passport and hand it over.

She brought it with her on Saturday after an earlier visit to him at Cloverhill remand prison, where he is being held.

After a morning visit to his cell on the D2 wing, she returned in the afternoon and left the passport at the main gate for delivery to the governor's office.

It is understood the passport was locked in the safe there before being taken to the office of governor Sean Quigley.

Ms Dempsey has been his most frequent visitor since his arrest on October 14.

Immediately after his arrest, on a European warrant on charges relating to weapons and drug trafficking, Thompson decided on his strategy. Following a visit from his solicitor he indicated to prison staff that he would not not be taking a legal proceedings to stall his immediate extradition.

He confirmed this in the High Court, saying he consented to extradition "straight away".

The 30-year-old waived a 10-day delay on the extradition with his lawyer, saying Mr Thompson was "anxious" to be surrendered to the Spanish authorities and did not want to "hold the process up".

The Spanish authorities have been seeking his extradition on the grounds that he is a member of a criminal organisation.

Gardai insist that Thompson knows he has a better chance now of getting bail in Spain, where senior officers would be strenuously objecting to bail on any terms.

hnews@herald.ie