Shocking image of innocent child holding a gun posted online to taunt rivals in gangland feud involving Mr Flashy
THIS innocent child has been used by a key player in a deadly gangland feud to taunt rivals online.
The shocking image of a boy — clad in a balaclava and holding a gun — was posted by a gangster involved in a deadly dispute with Mr Flashy’s mob.
The image of the unknown schoolboy was posted this week and shared across various social media platforms.
In another posted image, the hood is also suspected of brandishing a gun and holding a sign warning his rivals they would be killed.
Gardai are aware of the image and are trying to establish if the weapon is real. Officers will also try to ID the child to establish if there are any welfare concerns.
A source said: “The use of an innocent child to glorify criminal activity is something these gangs have done before because they think it’s funny.
“There is also a sinister message behind this because it normalises guns to a child. There could be welfare issues here and the hope is that the gun isn’t real.
“This gang have been issuing a lot of threats on social media and they have been behind serious attacks in west Dublin that, thankfully, haven’t claimed any lives.”
The posts of the youngster with the gun were condemned by the Irish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children.
A spokeswoman said: “It’s concerning but it’s not something we come across all the time and it would be a matter for the gardai.”
As part of our revelations on the ongoing tensions in west Dublin, we can also reveal how cops are driving feuding crime gangs mad — by constantly testing their henchmen for drugs.
Officers from the K-District’s Community Action Team and Roads Policing Unit in west Dublin launched a new crackdown on the warring factions by busting their senior members for driving under the influence of cannabis, heroin and cocaine.
Since the move, over 20 suspects, including members of Mr Flashy’s mob, have been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving. They now face a wait to see if they will be hit with charges.
TARGETING ORGANISED CRIME
As part of the new strategy, gardai have two extra drug testing kits to test drivers once they have been stopped.
The aim is to disrupt the criminal gangs from moving drugs, transporting weapons — and to stop them targeting their rivals in drive-by hits.
Once stopped at the side of the road, drivers face an immediate four-year ban if they refuse to take the test.
A source said: “This is part of an overall strategy to target those who pose a threat to the people of west Dublin because of their involvement in organised crime.
“Having access to cars is a vital tool for those involved in organised crimes and if they’re off the roads this will cause serious disruption to their activities.
“All units of the gardai in west Dublin are working together to bring these criminals to justice.”
‘CORRECT TO HARASS’
Our revelations come after cops seized two firearms, a shotgun and handgun, in Finglas on Tuesday night.
The new strategy has been welcomed by west Dublin Fine Gael councillor Ted Leddy.
The local representative said: “Gardai are correct to harass criminals in any way that they can.
“I’d support every effort of the Gardai to use every tool at their disposal to target organised crime.”
Since the start of the year, gardai have seized 26 weapons, including sub-machine guns, machine pistols and handguns. Stashes of drugs and cash buried in jars have also been recovered.
During the feud, shots have been fired outside schools, people battered on the street, homes torched and threats issued on social media.
On July 4, parents Modestas and Ceslava Gilys told of their horror after two of their kids discovered a Glock near their home in Castlecurragh Park, outside Mulhuddart.
They told us: “It was scary, what if one of the kids picked it up and shot?”
As part of the ongoing efforts to smash the crime gangs, officers have received a new fleet of marked and unmarked vehicles.