'Fat' Freddie Thompson flees to UK after hearing of death threat
Gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson fled Ireland within hours of being released from prison and boarded a ferry to the UK, gardai believe.
The under-threat mobster is believed to be staying in Birmingham after being picked up by a male relative from Mountjoy Prison last Saturday.
It is understood that he decided to flee the capital after being informed by gardai the previous day of an imminent threat on his life.
This threat is believed to be coming from his former associates in the Christy Kinahan crime cartel.
"All the indications are that Thompson is in England where everything is much safer for him," a senior source explained.
"It is a big relief for everyone that this criminal nuisance has not been going around Dublin."
The 34-year-old served a 15-month sentence for violent disorder after an attack on another man at Morrissey's Pub on Cork Street on January 7, 2013.
He was extradited from Amsterdam in May of last year and immediately remanded in custody before he eventually received a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the vicious brawl.
In February, he admitted the charge which the court heard was sparked by a slagging match to which Thompson reacted by throwing a punch and a bottle.
The Herald previously revealed that the gangster is not welcome back in Spain's Costa-Del-Crime by his former associates in the cartel run by Christy Kinahan, who now consider him a liability to their operation and there are also other criminal groupings in the capital who want him dead.
Sources say that he is in a "relatively isolated position" but still has the backing of his feared cousins Liam and David Byrne from Raleigh Square in Crumlin.
Another relative who has not turned his back on Thompson is his cousin Liam Roe who in November, 2012, failed in an attempt to get gardai to return two Rolex watches worth almost €15,000 which they seized in a search a year earlier.