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PSNI help gardaí in hunt for boxing club gunman

Peter Taylor, father of world boxing champion Katie Taylor, was injured in yesterday's shooting. Picture by Hugh Russell

THE PSNI are assisting gardaí in the hunt for the gang that carried out the attack at Bray Boxing Club.

A van with a Northern Ireland registration used by the gunman was later found in the Ringsend area of Dublin and officers are trying to trace its movements.

Members of the Hutch crime gang have been linked to the shooting.

The criminal cartel have used dissident republicans with links to the 'New IRA' to carry out attacks in the past.

Micky Barr from Strabane was shot dead in a Dublin bar in April 2016 after being linked to the Regency Hotel shooting.

A criminal associate of the Hutch family, he was given a paramilitary funeral by the 'New IRA'.

Kevin 'Flat Cap' Murray (47), also from Strabane, died last year of motor neurone disease after a judge ruled he was too ill to stand trial in relation to the Regency attack. He had been pictured running away from the scene.

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch also has links to west Belfast republicans who he has used as muscle to threaten rivals.

Bray Boxing Club is where world champion Katie Taylor trained during her amateur career. Set up by her father Pete, who was injured in yesterday's attack, it is also home to other Olympic boxers including former Irish champion Adam Nolan.

The gym has been used in the past by boxers signed to MTK Global, which represents around 30 professional Irish fighters including Belfast-based Carl Frampton, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon.

The company was originally set up by Daniel Kinahan but the management company severed links publicly with the Dublin criminal last year.

There is no suggestion that Mr Taylor or anyone else connected to the club or company has any links to criminality.

The PSNI are assisting gardaí in establishing the movements of silver-coloured Volkswagen Caddy van with Northern Ireland registration plates.

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