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The 'family-friendly' Bradley brothers are kidding nobody

THE 'Fatpuss' Bradleys attempted to portray themselves as community heroes in the build-up to their prosecution for a failed cash-in-transit robbery.

Alan Bradley was a leading member of a group of residents in Meath who set up a pet farm and children's play area.

However, behind the facade, the brothers were ruthless criminals who have now been jailed for a total of 16 years for the botched robbery.

Alan (38) and his younger brother Wayne (33) had reinvented themselves in their local communities. But yesterday, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Tony Hunt said the Bradleys' cash-in-transit robbery gang was "a significant social evil".

The two notorious gangland brothers were jailed for nine and seven years respectively for their roles in the 2007 crime. The van contained over €880,000.


They carried out the raid under the direction of the assassinated gang boss Eamon Dunne, who was also arrested at the scene.

The pair pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland on November 2, 2007, at Tesco, in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Alan Bradley had two years of his nine-year sentence suspended. Wayne, who played a lesser role as scout and lookout, had 18 months of his sentence suspended.

Alan has 32 previous convictions and his brother 12, although all are for minor matters including road traffic offences.

Judge Hunt criticised defence evidence given on behalf of Wayne Bradley by an outreach worker. He questioned the accuracy of the information presented by the witness and rejected suggestions that Wayne had special needs and was pressured into taking part in the crime.

The Bradleys had spent weeks searching for the body of tragic teenager Daniel McAnaspie, whose body was found in a drain in a Co Meath field. The pair were close to the 17-year-old Daniel's family.

The young man was stabbed to death and his body was not found for almost three months.

Last summer, they were involved in a dispute with Meath County Council over the removal of a pet farm at Churchfields estate in Kentstown.

Alan Bradley had been prominent among a group of locals who claimed it was the only amenity in the area for children.

He was left in tears after armed gardai shut down the farm beside his home. The mask slipped as Fatpuss had angry words with gardai as he tried to stop council workers from tearing apart the facility.

Clearly distraught, he was forced to sit and watch as officers -- backed by the armed response unit -- accompanied workers brought in to dismantle the illegally-built site. The farm, in the Churchfields estate outside Navan, was directly opposite Bradley's house.


"It's a disgrace what they are doing here," Fatpuss told the Herald at the time.

"We all chipped in together, the fence was €3,500, we had to put it in the whole way down there to stop the children going in," he added.