Saturday 3 December 2016

Top Kinahan gang member spotted at Euros in Bordeaux

Cathal McMahon and Conor Feehan

Published 20/06/2016 | 02:30

The aftermath of the Regency Hotel attack, inset David Byrne
The aftermath of the Regency Hotel attack, inset David Byrne
David Byrne, who was shot dead in the Regency hotel

A senior member of the Kinahan mob has been spotted drinking with Irish fans at the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

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The gangster, who is a close associate of Regency hotel murder victim David Byrne, was out and about in central Bordeaux over the weekend.

Thousands of Irish supporters were partying in the area at the time, unaware of his presence.

The individual, who is in his 30s and is linked to six recent gangland hits, is a massive soccer fan.

One eye-witness said: "He was standing there in the centre of Bordeaux, drinking away without a care in the world.

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"It was terrifying to think that someone so dangerous could be there in the middle of all these Irish fans having a good time."

It is not clear if he travelled to the stadium for the game.

Gardaí have not received information about his presence in France but sources say they would not be surprised if he decided to travel.

The Crumlin criminal is currently under threat from the rival Hutch gang as part of a feud which has already claimed the lives of seven people since September 2014.

Meanwhile, gardaí believe they prevented a bloodbath in a crowded Dublin pub which could have seen the deaths of innocent football fans when they arrested two key members of the Kinahan cartel on Saturday.

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Armed members of the Emergency Response Unit and Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau swooped on two cars, on the Naas Dual carriageway and on the Long Mile Road, and arrested the two men at around 3pm. A Glock 9mm handgun and ammunition was found in one of the cars.

Senior officers fear that a murder was imminent, and because the pair were on the move during the Euro 2016 clash between Ireland and Belgium, they believe a member of the Hutch faction was to be targeted in a pub.

One possible target was Ross Hutch - a nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch. He has been warned by gardaí that his life is in danger. Ross Hutch is the son of Eddie Hutch Snr, who was shot dead on February 8 just three days after the killing of David Byrne in the Regency Hotel. Ross (24) also arrived at the scene moments after the murder of his cousin Gareth Hutch last month.

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