Thursday 29 June 2017

Notorious criminal 'Fatpuss' wearing wig and bulletproof vest for fear of hit

Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley and his younger brother Wayne are understood to be potential targets
Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley and his younger brother Wayne are understood to be potential targets

Ken Foy

Gang thug Alan ‘Fatpuss’ Bradley has been driving around in disguise for fear that he will be gunned down by rival criminals.

Sources have revealed that ‘Fatpuss’ was wearing a wig and a bulletproof vest when he was pulled over by armed gardai in the city’s northside recently.

The Herald previously revealed that a 21-year-old up-and-coming criminal from Blanchardstown had been tasked with killing Bradley.

It is understood that the hit has been ordered by a young Finglas drugs trafficker who has links to the Kinahan cartel.

Last night, a source who knows ‘Fatpuss’ claimed that the 43-year-old “was not bothered at all”.

Chase

“Alan has no problem with anyone. He is a smart lad and is keeping his head down,” the source said.

However, a major garda alert was put in place last month after officers received information that the rival criminal was driving around in a high-powered Audi car and was intending to shoot either ‘Fatpuss’ or his younger brother Wayne.

On the night, the drugs trafficker was involved in a car chase with gardai in Dunboyne, Co Meath, but was not arrested.

A senior source told the Herald at the time that the gangster “may be getting above his head” by becoming involved in a dispute with the Bradley brothers.

However, it has now emerged that the 21-year-old, who has no previous convictions, is closely aligned with the Kinahan-linked gang who have taken over the drugs trade in Finglas and other areas of the northside.

Gardai are aware of an incident last December, in which the Kinahan-aligned dealer  threw an object, believed to be a rock, at an SUV that was carrying Finglas crime figure Wayne Bradley.

It is not believed that anyone was injured but sources say the dealer’s motivation was to show Bradley “who was the boss of the area”, even though Wayne is not suspected of involvement in the local drugs trade.

In fact, the 37-year-old “has been mostly keeping his head down” since being released from Portlaoise Prison in December 2015.

Heat

Wayne served a five-year jail sentence for acting as a look-out during a raid on a Tesco store in Celbridge in 2007 under the direction of slain gang boss Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne, while Alan served a six-and-a-half year term and was released last year.

The gang targeting ‘Fatpuss’ comprises at least 10 “out-of-control” individuals, who have links to more senior criminals in the locality, including a family-based mob whose members have convictions for drug dealing and firearms offences.

They have loose links to a notorious hitman for the Kinahan cartel, who fled his Finglas home last year owing to the heat he was getting from gardai.

He ran a “drugs superstore” in his Finglas west base before he fled but this has now been taken over by his pals.

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