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Elite British police swoop on man wanted over Hutch gun murder

Jonathan Keogh's arrest in the UK
Jonathan Keogh's arrest in the UK

Robin Schiller

This is the dramatic moment when armed police swooped on a Dublin man over the feud murder of Gareth Hutch.

Jonathan Keogh (31) was arrested at 1am in Essex on a European Arrest Warrant.

Our exclusive picture shows how undercover detectives surrounded Keogh's car before smashing the windows to get him out of the vehicle

Officers from the UK's elite National Crime Agency (NCA) stopped his car in the Romford area early yesterday morning.

Keogh, whom gardai want to question in relation to the murder, was arrested and cuffed at the scene

He now faces extradition from the UK.

Gareth Hutch (35) was shot dead at the Avondale House apartment complex in North Cumberland Street, Dublin 1, in May last year.

CCTV footage showed two gunmen, with their faces covered, approaching Gareth Hutch from behind before shooting him a number of times.

Detained

Last night Keogh, originally from Dublin's north-inner city, was being detained in a London Metropolitan Police station before the extradition process begins.

His brother, Michael, became the latest victim of the Hutch/Kinahan feud when he was gunned down in the city centre last month.

Michael Keogh (37) was considered a soft target and is not believed to have been directly involved in the ongoing feud.

In relation to yesterday's arrest, a gardai spokesman said: "The NCA, in conjunction with An Garda Siochana and the London Metropolitan Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in the Romford area of Essex in the UK on foot of a European Arrest warrant."

Photos obtained by the Herald show undercover detectives with their faces covered standing around Keogh, who is handcuffed.

Shattered glass can be seen on the ground next to the vehicle he was travelling in.

Up to six police units were involved in the arrest on Victoria Road shortly before 1am.

It comes as gardai put in place a comprehensive security plan for today's funeral of Michael Keogh.

The ceremony will be held in Dublin's Sean McDermott Street, where a number of other funerals of feud victims have already taken place.

Torched

Members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) as well as local armed detectives and uniformed gardai will be on duty throughout the service to prevent any attacks from the opposing faction.

Sources have stated that tensions between the two feuding sides remain extremely high in the wake of the recent murder. A number of tit-for-tat attacks targeting the cars of innocent family members have also taken place in recent weeks.

Four cars belonging to the relatives of the Hutch family have been burnt out. Another, belonging to the mother of a Kinahan associate, was also torched.

Michael Keogh became the 12th victim of the deadly Hutch/Kinahan feud when he was shot dead in his car in the underground car park at the Sheridan Court flats complex early on the morning of Wednesday, June 31.

The father-of-two had just started a new job in the construction industry.

While not considered a major criminal, he was linked to the so-called New INLA faction which has aligned itself with the Kinahan cartel.

He was found in his car in the car park by a council worker shortly before 10am.

Tensions

A car, which gardai believe was used as a getaway vehicle, was later found burnt-out on Clonliffe Avenue at 7.30am.

Inside was a handgun with a silencer attached.

So far, the ongoing gangland feud has claimed 12 lives both in Ireland and abroad

This tally includes two innocent men who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity. Gardai said more than 20 lives have been saved as a result of interceptions and arrests of people linked to both gangs.

"While it is regrettable that we have had this, the first gangland murder in Dublin this year, the investigation team based in Mountjoy and those assisting from around the Dublin Metropolitan region have built up a level of experience," said Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Driscoll.

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