Gardaí arrest two after a series of shootings
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.