GARDAI are on high alert after the eruption of a major new feud involving two highly dangerous armed gangs.
There has been an increase in armed garda patrols in north Dublin as a bitter feud threatens to spiral out of control.
The feud has already resulted in a shocking incident in Drogheda, Co Louth, in which an innocent woman narrowly escaped death when her home was riddled with at least 15 bullets last Thursday night.
The bitter row has now spread to Balbriggan in north Co Dublin. Two houses in the Westbrook and Pinewood estates in the town were attacked.
At the centre of the feud is a dispute over drugs with a Traveller crime kingpin, who has taken over from slain drug dealer John Paul Joyce exerting pressure on a criminal from Drogheda who owes him a four-figure drugs debt.
None of the houses that have been targeted are occupied by anyone involved in the bitter row. Instead, members of the social circle of the criminal who owes the drugs debt have been targeted.