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Hoax bomb scare near Windsor Frampton fight 'linked to Dublin gangland feud'

Fans inside Windsor Park on Saturday night
Fans inside Windsor Park on Saturday night
Carl Frampton after his victory at Windsor Park
Gary Hutch
David Byrne
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

A security alert close to Saturday's big boxing event at Windsor Park may be linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud, sources have said.

Police were called to a railway bridge in south Belfast following a bomb scare as 23,000 fight fans gathered ahead of the show, which featured Belfast boxers Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes, as well as heavyweight Tyson Fury.

Police later confirmed it was a hoax.

Residents from the area were taken to Olympia Leisure Centre while ammunition technical officers examined the scene.

Areas around Great Northern Street and Northbrook Street were cordoned off for several hours.

A source said one of the main theories was that the disruption was connected to the Hutch-Kinahan feud, an ongoing gangland wrangle between two crime families in Dublin.

The PSNI would not comment on whether the alert was linked.

Chief superintendent Simon Walls said: "A device left in the Lower Windsor area was examined by ammunition technical officers and declared a hoax.

"Roads that were closed were quickly reopened.

"I want to thank residents for their patience while we worked to keep the community safe.

Carl Frampton celebrates victory at Windsor Park as he stopped Luke Jackson in the ninth round.
Carl Frampton celebrates victory at Windsor Park as he stopped Luke Jackson in the ninth round.
Carl Frampton will take on Josh Warrington for his IBF World Featherweight title later this year.
Carl Frampton will take on Josh Warrington for his IBF World Featherweight title later this year.
Carl Frampton up against Luke Jackson at Windsor Park.
Carl Frampton up against Luke Jackson at Windsor Park.
Carl Frampton up against Luke Jackson.
Carl Frampton enters the ring. He takes on Luke Jackson at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Tyson Fury, Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes will all take to the ring at Windsor Park.
Tyson Fury with Francesco Pianeta during Saturday night's Heavyweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Tyson Fury during Saturday night's Heavyweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Tyson Fury with Francesco Pianeta during Saturday night's Heavyweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Paddy Barnes lost out to Cristofer Rosales in their WBC Flyweight Title fight.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Conrad Cummings after defeating Nicky Jenman during Saturday nights Middleweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Conrad Cummings after defeating Nicky Jenman during Saturday nights Middleweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Conrad Cummings with Nicky Jenman during Saturday nights Middleweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Luke Keeler defeats Dwayne Grant during Saturday nights Middleweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Luke Keeler defeats Dwayne Grant during Saturday nights Middleweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Luke Keeler with Dwayne Grant during Saturday nights Middleweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Steven Ward defeats Steve Collins Jr during Saturday nights Light Heavyweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th August 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho Steven Ward with Steve Collins Jr during Saturday nights Light Heavyweight contest at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho
Pacemaker Press 17/08/2018 Preparations underway to prepare the Ring for Carl Frampton's Fight at Windsor Park in Belfast. Carl Frampton tops the bill as he takes on Luke Jackson at Windsor Park on Saturday night, with Tyson Fury fighting two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta. Paddy Barnes challenges WBC World Flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales for his world championship. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

"I would urge anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area, or anyone with information which could assist with our enquiries, to call us on 101."

The Kinahan-Hutch feud has been ongoing since 2015 with more than a dozen tit-for-tat murders being carried out by the factions.

The Hutch gang is led by Gerry Hutch and the Kinahan family by Christy Kinahan.

Many of the murders have taken place within Dublin's north inner city.

The first victim was Gary Hutch, shot dead in Spain three years ago.

He was a nephew of Gerry Hutch.

Hutch is a notorious Dublin criminal who goes by the nickname of 'The Monk'.

In February 2016 gunmen dressed in police SWAT team uniforms opened fire inside Dublin's Regency Hotel while a boxing weigh-in was taking place.

They killed 33-year-old David Byrne, who was believed to be a member of the Kinahan gang.

The latest victim was Derek Coakley Hutch, another nephew of the notoriouis Hutch.

He was gunned down in the Bridgeview halting site in Clondalkin in January.

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