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Gypsy clan help Kinahan cartel gangster Liam Byrne in London

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Liam Byrne
Liam Byrne

The UK’s most bling gypsy family have opened their hearts and their homes to grieving gangster Liam Byrne in his hour of need, even offering him refuge in a caravan in the aftermath of the Regency Hotel.

The Sines family of Old Windsor, an exclusive London suburb, once tried to open a halting site beside Elton John's mansion but they were refused planning permission and have had to make do instead with owning a vast seven-bed mansion, along with huge caravan and holiday sites across the UK.

'Fat' Freddie Thompson, Maurice Sines and Thomas Kavanagh 

The Sunday World understands that Maurice Sines, the family head, generously offered Liam Byrne the use of one of his caravans after his brother David’s murder.

Less than three weeks after the shooting, Liam opened a new car company from the mobile home in Essex, which he has registered as his new business address.

While the trailer is as plush as a gets, it is still a far cry from Byrne’s family home in Raleigh Square in Crumlin, which he had turned into his own personal hacienda before his world fell apart.

He had fitted it out with a jacuzzi, a gym and even a panic room.

In the immediate aftermath of the Regency, Byrne and his one time best pal Daniel Kinahan fled to London, where they stayed at a top hotel in fear for their lives. It is understood that relations between the pair have cooled over arguments about the cartel’s response to David’s murder.

Despite the immediate assassination of Edward ‘Neddy’ Hutch, the brother of Gerry ‘the Monk’, followed by the murder of Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan, his best friend, it is understood that Byrne was unhappy that his brother’s death wasn’t being satisfactorily avenged.

While Daniel Kinahan has been moving between Spain, Dubai and Ireland, Byrne has remained in the UK.

Sources say he has relocated himself there ‘semi-permanently’, leaving his associates in Dublin behind to fight the war.

Gardaí believe associates of David Byrne are the ‘driving force’ behind much of the feud.

Byrne is believed to be dividing his time between London and Birmingham, where his brother-in- law, Criminal Assets Bureau target Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, runs a large car dealership from Tamworth.

But it is businessman Sines and his son Fred Jnr who have been his real crutch in his time of need. The Sines, who are Romany gypsies, forged a close friendship with Byrne and his crime family over a number of years.

Only last year an undercover Sunday World team snapped Fred Sines Jnr, his wife Amy, and his sister Vienna Sines with her golfer husband Billy Britton at a Byrne family christening at the Radisson Hotel in Dublin – months before David’s murder.

It has also been discovered that Sines was the owner of a number of specialised vehicles that were being driven by the Byrne brothers, including a Range Rover Autobiography, a Mercedes G Wagon and a Bentley.

David Byrne 

Sines and his business partner James Crickmore were some of the first mourners to arrive at Raleigh Square during a wake held for David.

The Sines are well known across the UK for splashing their cash on holidays in Dubai, Hong Kong and to other luxury destinations in the Far East. Fred Sines Jnr in recent years treated his own four-year-old son to a personalised Rolex watch.

In 2011, Sines and Crickmore were at the heart of an investigation into the biggest scandal in British horse racing history. Both were banned for 14 years for betting on their own horses to lose and conspiring to corrupt races during a complex case that saw four jockeys banned for 66 years from the track.