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Notorious thug ‘Fatpuss’ plans to set up event management company

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley
Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley

IT LOOKED like business as usual for mobster Alan ‘Fatpuss’ Bradley when we snapped him talking to gardaí at his home just a month after being freed from jail.

But the Sunday World can reveal the notorious criminal is a step closer to “going straight” as an event manager.

He can fulfil his dream next month when an order disqualifying him from acting as ‘company director’ is lifted.

He argued for early release on the basis that he has the skills to be a legitimate business manager.

Our pictures show the failed cash-in-transit robber and wannabe DJ speaking with detectives outside his home in Kentstown, Meath, on Friday, a month after he secured early release from the Portlaoise Prison.

When approached by the Sunday World, Bradley refused to comment before being ushered inside by his partner.

Instead, he walked back inside his home, which is guarded by state-of-the-art surveillance cameras.

It’s understood detectives are routinely patrolling his estate in response to concerns locally that the gangster remains a target for rivals.

However, sources say Gardaí have no credible information that Bradley is currently the subject of an active threat against his life.

At least one of the cameras on the property has a 360-degree lens taking in views of the road outside his property.

The slimmed-down crim – who served just four-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to rob a security van carrying
€1 million – was granted bail in September, pending the outcome of a legal challenge against his imprisonment.

During the hearing, Bradley claimed he was entitled to enhanced remission of 33 per cent off his sentence – on grounds including he has engaged in crime awareness, anger management and peace education programmes to help facilitate an early release.

He also claimed he has the skill set to start his own business on release in personal training and event management, which, he believes, makes him less likely to reoffend and better able to integrate into the community.

Records obtained by the Sunday World show that Bradley is currently disqualified from setting up any such company.

He was hit with a ‘restricted persons’ order by the Company’s Office on November 30, 2011, on the grounds he had been convicted of an offence which has the effect of his being deemed disqualified from holding office in a company. The disqualification will expire on November 30 of this year.

Bradley and his brother Wayne have long been among Ireland’s most notorious criminals. Between them, the pair have been linked to half-a-dozen high-profile heists dating back to the 1990s.

The ‘jobs’ included a 1996 heist at the Santry Omniplex, which netted about £600,000 and, at around the same time, a robbery at Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt, Dublin, worth about £400,000.

Gardaí caught them red-handed on the morning of November 2, 2007, when along with slain crime boss Eamonn Dunne they were lifted en-route to carry out a raid on a cash-in-transit van.

Eamon Dunne

The score had been organised by Dunne.

Dunne, three associates and the Bradleys travelled in a four-car convoy from Finglas to Sandyford at 8am that morning.

They parked near the Chubb offices and waited for the van to start its 8am run.

When the van stopped at Celbridge Shopping Centre, one of the men approached it with a concrete saw while another tried, but failed, to open the front doors. At this point, gardaí moved in and made their arrests.

Alan Bradley, who was second in command of the 2007 crime, had two years of his nine-year sentence suspended, later reduced to eight years with the final 18 months suspended.

Wayne, who played a lesser role as scout and lookout, was hit with a shorter sentence and was released last year.

Prior to the Chubb job, Alan Bradley had 32 previous convictions and his brother 12, although all were for minor matters, including road traffic offences.

No date has been set for the State’s challenge against Bradley’s appeal.