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Six held after drink swoop

SIX men were in custody last night after Special Branch detectives foiled a Real IRA gang who had stolen a shipment of alcohol.

Two trailer-loads of spirits, beer and cider were recovered when heavily armed officers intercepted the thieves on the M1 motorway at Drogheda on Sunday night.

Three men in one of the trucks were arrested at the scene, while the other three suspects were arrested at around 4am yesterday in Delvin, Co Westmeath.

Irish Independent