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Gardaí fear crime boss seeking revenge for killing

By Cormac O’Keeffe
GARDAÍ were yesterday hunting down a fugitive gang boss believed to have returned to the country to avenge the murder of an associate.

Armed detectives are preparing for an escalation in gang warfare following the killing of criminal Bernard Sugg in west Dublin last Sunday.

Bernard Sugg's brother, Stephen, has also returned from Spain where he had fled following an attempt on his life.

Gardaí have identified Stephen Sugg as a member of the notorious Westies gang, which is based in the Corduff and Mulhuddart areas of west Dublin.

But detectives said they were not going to pick him up as he was not wanted in relation to any charges or criminal investigations.

However, gardaí are eager to arrest one of the two leaders of the gang, who has reportedly sneaked back into the country.

The crime boss, the enforcer of the outfit, fled to Northern Ireland following a shoot-out with gardaí in Co Cavan last May. This individual has ordered, and in many cases, personally carried out, some of the most appalling acts of violence seen by detectives.

Officers at a number of garda stations were yesterday searching for the runaway criminal. They are checking out several reported sightings at addresses known to be associated with him and his family.

Gardaí in Blanchardstown were not involved in the search, as the criminal is thought to be in neighbouring counties, and not in Dublin.

"There would be a fear of retaliation, especially given the people we are talking about. We are hoping to prevent any further incidents," said a garda source.

"If they are both back that quickly they are preparing for revenge. People are terrified," said another local source.

Despite an intensive and long-running operation by local gardaí no one has ever testified against the leaders, such is the notoriety of the Westies.

The Westies are heavily involved in heroin dealing, armed robberies, theft and protection rackets.

Gardaí are carrying out surveillance on known members of the gang as well as on possible suspects behind the murder of Bernard Sugg, a known criminal.

One of the main suspects is a gang, based in Crumlin, south Dublin, which has been involved in an ongoing feud with the Westies their former business partners.

The Crumlin gang also has members located in the Raheny and Kilbarrack area of north Dublin as well as in Finglas, which is close to Blanchardstown.

The Westies are suspected of being behind the murder of Raheny drug dealer Paul Ryan in Co Offaly in April.

Gardaí at Blanchardstown yesterday said investigations were at an early stage and that no one suspect had been identified.

Bernard Sugg's funeral is expected to take place today or tomorrow.

 

Gardaí fear crime boss seeking revenge for killing

By Cormac O’Keeffe
GARDAÍ were yesterday hunting down a fugitive gang boss believed to have returned to the country to avenge the murder of an associate.

Armed detectives are preparing for an escalation in gang warfare following the killing of criminal Bernard Sugg in west Dublin last Sunday.

Bernard Sugg's brother, Stephen, has also returned from Spain where he had fled following an attempt on his life.

Gardaí have identified Stephen Sugg as a member of the notorious Westies gang, which is based in the Corduff and Mulhuddart areas of west Dublin.

But detectives said they were not going to pick him up as he was not wanted in relation to any charges or criminal investigations.

However, gardaí are eager to arrest one of the two leaders of the gang, who has reportedly sneaked back into the country.

The crime boss, the enforcer of the outfit, fled to Northern Ireland following a shoot-out with gardaí in Co Cavan last May. This individual has ordered, and in many cases, personally carried out, some of the most appalling acts of violence seen by detectives.

Officers at a number of garda stations were yesterday searching for the runaway criminal. They are checking out several reported sightings at addresses known to be associated with him and his family.

Gardaí in Blanchardstown were not involved in the search, as the criminal is thought to be in neighbouring counties, and not in Dublin.

"There would be a fear of retaliation, especially given the people we are talking about. We are hoping to prevent any further incidents," said a garda source.

"If they are both back that quickly they are preparing for revenge. People are terrified," said another local source.

Despite an intensive and long-running operation by local gardaí no one has ever testified against the leaders, such is the notoriety of the Westies.

The Westies are heavily involved in heroin dealing, armed robberies, theft and protection rackets.

Gardaí are carrying out surveillance on known members of the gang as well as on possible suspects behind the murder of Bernard Sugg, a known criminal.

One of the main suspects is a gang, based in Crumlin, south Dublin, which has been involved in an ongoing feud with the Westies their former business partners.

The Crumlin gang also has members located in the Raheny and Kilbarrack area of north Dublin as well as in Finglas, which is close to Blanchardstown.

The Westies are suspected of being behind the murder of Raheny drug dealer Paul Ryan in Co Offaly in April.

Gardaí at Blanchardstown yesterday said investigations were at an early stage and that no one suspect had been identified.

Bernard Sugg's funeral is expected to take place today or tomorrow.

 

Gardaí fear crime boss seeking revenge for killing

By Cormac O’Keeffe
GARDAÍ were yesterday hunting down a fugitive gang boss believed to have returned to the country to avenge the murder of an associate.

Armed detectives are preparing for an escalation in gang warfare following the killing of criminal Bernard Sugg in west Dublin last Sunday.

Bernard Sugg's brother, Stephen, has also returned from Spain where he had fled following an attempt on his life.

Gardaí have identified Stephen Sugg as a member of the notorious Westies gang, which is based in the Corduff and Mulhuddart areas of west Dublin.

But detectives said they were not going to pick him up as he was not wanted in relation to any charges or criminal investigations.

However, gardaí are eager to arrest one of the two leaders of the gang, who has reportedly sneaked back into the country.

The crime boss, the enforcer of the outfit, fled to Northern Ireland following a shoot-out with gardaí in Co Cavan last May. This individual has ordered, and in many cases, personally carried out, some of the most appalling acts of violence seen by detectives.

Officers at a number of garda stations were yesterday searching for the runaway criminal. They are checking out several reported sightings at addresses known to be associated with him and his family.

Gardaí in Blanchardstown were not involved in the search, as the criminal is thought to be in neighbouring counties, and not in Dublin.

"There would be a fear of retaliation, especially given the people we are talking about. We are hoping to prevent any further incidents," said a garda source.

"If they are both back that quickly they are preparing for revenge. People are terrified," said another local source.

Despite an intensive and long-running operation by local gardaí no one has ever testified against the leaders, such is the notoriety of the Westies.

The Westies are heavily involved in heroin dealing, armed robberies, theft and protection rackets.

Gardaí are carrying out surveillance on known members of the gang as well as on possible suspects behind the murder of Bernard Sugg, a known criminal.

One of the main suspects is a gang, based in Crumlin, south Dublin, which has been involved in an ongoing feud with the Westies their former business partners.

The Crumlin gang also has members located in the Raheny and Kilbarrack area of north Dublin as well as in Finglas, which is close to Blanchardstown.

The Westies are suspected of being behind the murder of Raheny drug dealer Paul Ryan in Co Offaly in April.

Gardaí at Blanchardstown yesterday said investigations were at an early stage and that no one suspect had been identified.

Bernard Sugg's funeral is expected to take place today or tomorrow.

 

Gardaí fear crime boss seeking revenge for killing

By Cormac O’Keeffe
GARDAÍ were yesterday hunting down a fugitive gang boss believed to have returned to the country to avenge the murder of an associate.

Armed detectives are preparing for an escalation in gang warfare following the killing of criminal Bernard Sugg in west Dublin last Sunday.

Bernard Sugg's brother, Stephen, has also returned from Spain where he had fled following an attempt on his life.

Gardaí have identified Stephen Sugg as a member of the notorious Westies gang, which is based in the Corduff and Mulhuddart areas of west Dublin.

But detectives said they were not going to pick him up as he was not wanted in relation to any charges or criminal investigations.

However, gardaí are eager to arrest one of the two leaders of the gang, who has reportedly sneaked back into the country.

The crime boss, the enforcer of the outfit, fled to Northern Ireland following a shoot-out with gardaí in Co Cavan last May. This individual has ordered, and in many cases, personally carried out, some of the most appalling acts of violence seen by detectives.

Officers at a number of garda stations were yesterday searching for the runaway criminal. They are checking out several reported sightings at addresses known to be associated with him and his family.

Gardaí in Blanchardstown were not involved in the search, as the criminal is thought to be in neighbouring counties, and not in Dublin.

"There would be a fear of retaliation, especially given the people we are talking about. We are hoping to prevent any further incidents," said a garda source.

"If they are both back that quickly they are preparing for revenge. People are terrified," said another local source.

Despite an intensive and long-running operation by local gardaí no one has ever testified against the leaders, such is the notoriety of the Westies.

The Westies are heavily involved in heroin dealing, armed robberies, theft and protection rackets.

Gardaí are carrying out surveillance on known members of the gang as well as on possible suspects behind the murder of Bernard Sugg, a known criminal.

One of the main suspects is a gang, based in Crumlin, south Dublin, which has been involved in an ongoing feud with the Westies their former business partners.

The Crumlin gang also has members located in the Raheny and Kilbarrack area of north Dublin as well as in Finglas, which is close to Blanchardstown.

The Westies are suspected of being behind the murder of Raheny drug dealer Paul Ryan in Co Offaly in April.

Gardaí at Blanchardstown yesterday said investigations were at an early stage and that no one suspect had been identified.

Bernard Sugg's funeral is expected to take place today or tomorrow.