A suspect wanted in connection to the beheading and dismemberment of a teen in a suspect gang feud in Dublin has been arrest, cops confirmed.
The 24-year-old man is understood to be one of the main suspects in the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods.
He was arrested following a major manhunt yesterday by police – who were closely watching Dublin Airport and Dublin Port.
Cops feared the man – who is described as a leading member on one side of the bloody feud – was planning to flee to England, reports the Irish Independent.
The warrant for his arrest is not linked to the murder investigation – but reportedly for a separate case that he is also linked to.
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Police continue their investigation into the murder of Mulready-Woods – who is was brutally killed after reportedly getting caught up in an ongoing gang war in Dublin.
His partial remains were discovered last week in Priorswood, Coolock and in a vehicle at Trinity Terrace, Dublin.
He had been beheaded, and his torso is understood to still be missing following the horror killing.
Reportedly he had been killed to send a message between rival gangs, with some speculation a hitman may have been planning to deliver his severed head to his boss.
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Drogheda chief superintendent Christy Mangan described his death as a "brutal and savage attack of a child – unacceptable in any normal democratic society".
The top cop said: "The level of violence is shocking and the investigation into the murder of Keane is being coordinated from Drogheda Garda Station.
"It is important to remember that Keane was a child, a young boy trying to find his way of life. He has now lost his life and his family have lost their loving son .
"We’re there to protect and serve the public, but there are a number of groups who are interested in controlling certain parts of society and their own lifestyles through drugs and intimidation."
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Mangan added: "We’re not going to allow that to happen. We’re there to protect the people of Drogheda and will certainly do that in a very robust fashion."
Mulready-Woods’ chopped up remains were found in a sports bag on an estate in Dublin – and then two days later his severed head was found in a burning car.
Irish police have received intelligence that Keane had been murdered and mutilated by sick gang rivals.
It has been speculated that his head was due to be delivered to a boss by a “psychopathic” hitman.
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Keane was said to have links to both sides of the gang divide in the town of Drogheda.
He was due to turn 18 next month.
It is feared the killers may have photographed and videoed the boy’s body parts.
Senior officers have said they have been left shocked by the brutality of the murder and the dismemberment.
His death is also being linked to the shooting of another gangland figure, Richard Carberry.
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Sources have claimed Keane had "got in way above his head" in relation to his criminal associations.
Last year, Keane was given a suspended four-month jail sentence for a terrifying campaign of intimidation and harassment against a local family .
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He was also known to police for minor drugs and road traffic offences.
The last known contact Keane had with family is a call to his mum at 7pm on Sunday.
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