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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Mum escapes bomb meant for King Ratt thug

A PIPE-bomb attack in Dublin's south inner city has been linked to feuding between junior members of the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson and King Ratt gangs.

The attack, in the early hours of Saturday, is being linked to a new round of feuding between Thompson's gang and a mob loyal to jailed killer Brian Rattigan.

An innocent woman and her three young children had a lucky escape when the bomb was thrown at their home - by mistake - at the Mary Aikenhead flats in Basin Street.

Sources believe that the intended target is an "up-and- coming" member of the Rattigan faction.

The intended target is a close friend of local thug Owen Gaffney (21), who was at the centre of a high-profile trial during the summer in which four gardai were cleared of assaulting him.







Prison

Gaffney has a large number of previous convictions, including one for assaulting a garda.

He is serving a prison sentence for the theft of a nun's car and criminal damage.

Sources say that Saturday's intended target had supported Gaffney during the lengthy trial against the gardai and had attended the case on a number of occasions at Dublin Circuit Court.

He had a lucky escape when around half a dozen gangsters with links to 'Fat' Freddie tried to break into a house on Saturday morning which they thought he was in.

When they could not locate their target, the bungling hoods threw the device at the window of the wrong house, before fleeing the scene.

The discovery of the pipe bomb at around 6.30am on Saturday led to 10 families having to be evacuated from their homes in the flats.

The incident led to gardai calling the army bomb disposal team.

The disposal squad then removed the "viable device" to a military installation for further examination.

Today, a senior source said: "These are the kind of incidents which happen way too frequently when Freddie Thompson is around the place.







Hostilities

"You have a load of young lads who are only delighted to do his bidding.

"The longer Thompson stays around the more chance that serious hostilities will break out in the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud," the source added.

And the big worry is that 'Fat' Freddie -- who has been permanently back in Dublin for almost a fortnight after his mother's home was firebombed -- has indicated that he is here to stay.

Sources say that he has spent most of that time at his mother's home where he has set up an elaborate floodlight system to prevent further night-time attacks on the property.

Thompson is under pressure on a number of fronts -- apart from the long-standing feud with the Rattigan mob, the Herald revealed last week that the Real IRA are trying to extort cash from him.

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