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Parents of Celtic star Anthony Stokes arrested

By Brian Hutton

The parents of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes are being questioned by detectives after ammunition was uncovered at their pub.

They were among three people arrested during raids in Dublin linked to an investigation into a long-running turf war between the Real IRA and drugs gangs.

John Stokes (54) was last month ordered to remove a 40ft banner barring the Queen from his Players Lounge in Fairview, during her forthcoming state visit.

It is understood he was arrested after gardai smashed their way in through a side door at 10am yesterday. A handful of bullets were found in a shed along with cocaine worth e500 (£438) and three stun guns. His wife, Joan (55) was also arrested, as well as Paul Byrne, (46) an uncle of the footballer.

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