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Ireland Forty people with links to Drogheda feud gang 'gone to ground'

08:50  23 january  2020
08:50  23 january  2020 Source:   independent.ie

Innocent taxi driver, 30s, shot twice in horror attack on Bridge of Peace in Drogheda, Co Louth

  Innocent taxi driver, 30s, shot twice in horror attack on Bridge of Peace in Drogheda, Co Louth “He was doing his job and picked up a fare. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is a good man"A relative of the taxi man said: “He was doing his job and picked up a fare. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is a good man." It’s understood the intended target, suspected of being a key member of one of two gangs involved in a bloody drugs turf war, escaped injury and was able to run from the taxi. Mr Myles, who is in his 30s, radioed his base to say he had been shot and to call an ambulance.

The Drogheda feud is a series of allegedly connected crimes in Drogheda . Since 2018 two criminal gangs in Drogheda have tried to control the illegal drug trade in the town.

A BLOODY gang war which saw a 17-year-old decapitated will not end until THREE more people are executed, police sources say. Irish cops have received intelligence that the feud would not be over until three major enemies of a paralysed gang boss were dead.

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Up to 40 of the main protagonists in the deadly Drogheda feud, including women and children, have "gone to ground" in recent days fearing that they will be shot or arrested.

The development comes as it has emerged that a high-level meeting involving senior officers from many of the Garda's specialist units took place on Monday and a "strategy" for tackling the feuding gangs "head-on" was discussed.

Senior officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) were in attendance and a new major clampdown on the feuding gangs is imminent, according to sources.

Armed gardai on streets in feud town 24 hours a day after Keane Mulready-Woods murder

  Armed gardai on streets in feud town 24 hours a day after Keane Mulready-Woods murder Gardaí have been operating a 24-hour policing service in Drogheda since the gang feud there erupted again last week with the murder of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods. An extra unit has been posted to provide an around-the-clock armed presence in the Co Louth town.

The warrant for the murder suspect’s arrest is not linked to Keane’s shocking slaying but in relation to a separate matter. Officers have concluded a technical examination of the house in Drogheda where they believe the 17-year-old may have been murdered, and must now await forensic results before

A bitter feud between rival drug gangs in Drogheda has left people living in fear, writes Northeast Correspondent Sinéad Hussey. Last November it reached boiling point with a spate of incidents in one week, including the kidnapping of a man with links to one of the gangs .

"The full power of the State is coming down on these gangs very shortly," a senior source said last night.

While the vast majority of the feuding thugs in the Co Louth town are now on "self-imposed lockdown", the Irish Independent has learned that a 35-year-old Dublin criminal, who is suspected of playing a key role in the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods (17), has been spotted walking the streets of the town "every third day or so".

However, he is the exception.

"Virtually all of these criminals are now in hiding - they are terrified of being arrested and they are also very concerned that they will be shot.

"At times this week, some of the housing estates that they have terrorised for over two years now are like ghost towns.

"The atmosphere is very weird," the senior source added.

Remains of Cork student Cameron Blair (20) to be released back to his family today

  Remains of Cork student Cameron Blair (20) to be released back to his family today Remains of Cork student Cameron Blair (20) to be released back to his family today with his funeral to take place on Sunday.The Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) student died after suffering a stab wound to the neck while he was attending a house party last Thursday on the Bandon Road in Cork.Three young men had attended the social gathering uninvited.All three were in the process of being asked to leave when one lashed out at Mr Blair and he suffered his fatal injury.A senior garda source said they have made "significant progress" with their investigation over the past few days.

A source said: “Price and his gang are at the centre of this feud and they know they’re under serious pressure from the Officers, who conducted door-to-door inquiries over the weekend in Drogheda and Dublin Human remains discovered in burnt out car in Drumcondra linked to missing teen Keane

The Minister for Justice has defended the Garda response to the ongoing gang feud in Drogheda .In “I am very conscious of the very positive reputation of the town of Drogheda and its people and I am not going to tolerate a situation where a very small number of people bring this

Gardaí also believe that feud gangster Cornelius Price, whose compound in Gormanston, Co Meath, was raided a number of times last week, is currently based with some of his relatives in the English town of Rochdale after he left Ireland at the weekend to "escape the heat on him".

The CAB previously carried out a major operation against Owen Maguire's gang in April 2018, just three months before he was left paralysed after surviving a botched assassination attempt.

Searches took place in counties Dublin, Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan and cars, watches and cash were seized.

Sources say that the bureau will now actively target the anti-Maguire faction who are the mob behind the gruesome and shocking murder of Keane, whose torso has not yet been recovered.

A 24-year-old Drogheda criminal, who is also suspected of active involvement in Keane's murder, remains locked up in a prison isolation unit for his own safety after he was arrested for separate offences on Sunday night.

Teen arrested over stabbing of Cameron Blair at Cork house party

  Teen arrested over stabbing of Cameron Blair at Cork house party Gardai have launched an investigation into the death and have arrested a male youth in his late teens in connection with the death. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_68b8ff19-1762-48a1-ba35-926e1a93941d").all(); }); He is being held at Togher Garda Station.A senior investigating officer has been appointed to the incident and gardai were over the last week gathering CCTV carrying out door to door enquiries.

Arrest is for alleged parole violations that are linked to another serious crime. Police investigating the brutal murder of a 17-year-old amid an escalating Irish gang war have arrested a man Officers apprehended the 24-year-old, who is said to be central to an ongoing feud in the town of Drogheda

A 24-year-old man, who is believed to be a key figure in one of the feuding Drogheda gangs , has been arrested for alleged breaches of High Court bail. An arrest warrant was issued last Thursday and the man was arrested yesterday evening. The case is not linked to the abduction, murder and

"Maybe jail is the best place for him - the majority of his associates are certainly not strutting around the town like they had been before now," a source said.

There have been no arrests yet in the murder case, being led by Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan.

On Tuesday, he said the force's elite Emergency Response Unit has never let him down and can be called in at a moment's notice to assist local gardaí.

He appealed for anyone with any information about Keane's last movements to come forward, saying those who don't carry a huge responsibility.

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Children and women caught up in gang feud .
Innocent women and children associated with gang members caught up in the Drogheda feud are being threatened via social media. The daughter of one gang member was reportedly followed, while local people in the community affected by the feud say children have also been threatened.

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