Thursday 23 February 2017

PSNI acts after threats to target feud gang's party

Suzanne Breen

'A telephone threat was made that an attack would be launched on those attending the party and the PSNI mounted an extensive security operation. Undercover police were also present' Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
'A telephone threat was made that an attack would be launched on those attending the party and the PSNI mounted an extensive security operation. Undercover police were also present' Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images

Police in the North mounted a security operation after a drugs gang linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud held a private function in a north Belfast pub on Saturday night.

A telephone threat was made that an attack would be launched on those attending the party and the PSNI mounted an extensive security operation. Undercover police were also present.

It is understood that prominent drug dealers from Dublin travelled to Belfast for the function.

The pub had unwittingly accepted the booking, which was made under a false name. The establishment only became suspicious on the evening of the event, when a caller said that there would be "an attack on the party".

The establishment immediately contacted the PSNI and warned them of the threat. Doormen at the pub were also put on alert.

Irish Independent

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