Thursday 8 December 2016

Gym wrecked in 'Mr Big' arson attack will not re-open - owners tell customers

Cathal McMahon

Published 13/10/2016 | 11:30

Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The owners of a gym attacked by a notorious crime gang have told customers that it will not re-open.

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The Flyefit gym in Coolock, which forms part of a popular professional gym chain, had been open a few weeks when two men smashed a car into the entrance of it and set the car ablaze.

The fire caused massive damage to the entrance of the gym in the Coolock Retail Park in the early hours of Monday, July 25.

There was smoke damage from the burning rubber and plastic of the car inside of the gym.

Burnt-out car and fire damage at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Burnt-out car and fire damage at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Gardai believe the ruthless ‘Mr Big’ drugs mob carried out the attack after deciding the gym was a threat to its own fitness centre.

The owners had not reopened the facility and this morning that they issued a mail to customers confirming that they had shut forever.

A mail, released by Spin 1038, reads: "Just a short mail to let you know that following a review of the structural damage to the premises in Coolock a decision has been taken not to re-open.

"We would like to thank you for your support and we greatly appreciate the kind wishes from our all our members and from the wider Coolock Community."

Gardaí are investigating whether the attack was carried out because the gangsters were concerned that the Flyefit gym was going to take business away from a northside gym that it controls. No arrests have been made.

“The gym that the gang control is used and controlled by the individual who is known as ‘Mr Big’. Intelligence has come in that he and his cronies did not want this other gym operational,” a source previously told Independent.ie.

“So they are suspected of carrying out the attack last Monday morning to make a clear point.

“Their message is ‘competition will not be tolerated, get off our turf’,” the source added.

Drugs boss Mr Big, who cannot be named because he is facing serious charges before the courts, has been using his own gym for a number of crime summits.

A number of major mobsters have been spotted at this gym, including the gang boss himself.

He is not the registered owner but is suspected of having a “controlling interest” in the gym.

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