Weapons and cars found in cross-border crackdown
POLICE have seized guns and stolen vehicles as part of the cross-border crackdown on crime in the wake of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
The seizures were made during a planned search of premises in Cloughoge, near Newry, Co Down.
Local detectives, backed up by officers from south Armagh, recovered two firearms and two stolen vehicles as well as two quad bikes. These have been taken away for forensic examination.
The raids are part of ongoing inquiries by the PSNI and gardai into crime gangs operating in the border region around counties Louth, Monaghan, Armagh and Down. It follows the murder of Det Gda Donohoe on January 25 outside the Lordship credit union premises near Dundalk.
Officers said last night that the items seized in the Cloughoge raids might have no direct link to the cross-border gang believed responsible for murdering Det Garda Donohoe.
But several investigations being carried out on both sides of the Border into the activities of local crime gangs could yield evidence that would help with the Donohoe case.
Gardai and the PSNI are currently focusing on criminals operating on the fringes of the suspect gang as part of an intelligence gathering exercise.
Two men have already been questioned by gardai in relation to suspected links with the gang.
A reward of €50,000 for information has already been offered by the Irish League of Credit Unions, while Crimestoppers have put up a further five-figure sum for help that could progress the police investigation.
Gardai are satisfied that five members of the gang were present at Lordship when Det Gda Donohoe, a father of two, was shot dead with a long-barrelled shotgun.
But they believe there are other gang members, who had no prior knowledge of any intention to open fire on a garda and could now be implicated in a murder.
They have appealed to anybody with information about the murder to contact the confidential line, 1800 666111.