Gar­daí ar­rest two af­ter a se­ries of shoot­ings

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

TWO MEN have been ar­rested by the Gar­dai in Bray fol­low­ing a se­ries of shoot­ing in­ci­dents in the town.

The men, both in their 20s, were re­leased without charge af­ter ques­tion­ing late on Mon­day night and a file sent to the DPP.

The ar­rests fol­low three shoot­ing in­ci­dents in Bray in less than three months.

Gar­dai are test­ing car­tidge cases from the scenes of the shoot­ings to de­ter­mine whether the same weapon was used in in­ci­dents and whether they are linked to a no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nal op­er­at­ing in town.

Last De­cem­ber, a num­ber of shots were fired through the front of a Led­widge Cres­cent house. Just weeks later, a hand­gun and a shot­gun were used to fire shots through the door and win­dow of a house in Ash­lawn Court.

In Jan­uary, on the same night that a ter­ri­fied South­ern Cross fam­ily was held at gun­point as raiders looked for money only to leave emp­ty­handed, shots were fired at a car in Bal­ly­waltrim Heights.

The car, tar­geted in the early hours of the morn­ing of Jan­uary 10, was owned by a lo­cal beau­ti­cian who had parked up out­side some­one else’s house.

Re­ports also cir­cu­lated late in De­cem­ber that just a week be­fore Christ­mas an in­no­cent man on Quinns­bor­ough Road was ap­proached by a gun­man who hopped out of a car. One of the men in the car was heard to shout out that it was the wrong man be­fore the masked man jumped back in to the ve­hi­cle which sped off. Gar­dai re­ceived no com­plaint re­gard­ing the re­puted in­ci­dent.

Sources be­lieve that a drug dealer re­leased from prison in the past year hav­ing served time for man­slaugh­ter is try­ing to take over the drugs trade in Bray and that his as­so­ci­ates are be­hind the spate of shoot­ings.

A sec­ond lead­ing crim­i­nal, who was spot­ted back in the town on Mon­day, had been ab­sent from Bray and thought to have been re­sid­ing in Spain for sev­eral months.

The two men were once as­so­ci­ates but are said to have had a vi­o­lent en­counter last year.

At least one se­nior mem­ber of a Crum­lin gang is be­lieved to be liv­ing in a Bray apart­ment block.

Cllr. John Brady re­ferred to the ar­rests as a ‘big break­through,’ in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘I am wor­ried that it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore Gar­dai are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der,’ he said.

Cllr. Brady has called for an emer­gency meet­ing of the Bray Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee as well as an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Crim­i­nal As­sets Bureau.

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