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Cornelius Price, pinewood Green Road in Balbriggan charged with assault causing harm, the production of an article, namely a stanley knife on the same day and reckless enderment of a garda at Balbriggan Garda Station arrives at Balbriggan district court. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/2/2014

Cornelius Price, pinewood Green Road in Balbriggan charged with assault causing harm, the production of an article, namely a stanley knife on the same day and reckless enderment of a garda at Balbriggan Garda Station arrives at Balbriggan district court. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/2/2014

Cornelius Price, pinewood Green Road in Balbriggan charged with assault causing harm, the production of an article, namely a stanley knife on the same day and reckless enderment of a garda at Balbriggan Garda Station arrives at Balbriggan district court. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/2/2014

GANGSTER Cornelius Price is due in court in London later today to face charges in connection with an alleged kidnapping plot.

Price (34), who has links to a gang involved in the Drogheda feud, is one of a number of Irish people charged following an operation by the West Midlands organised crime unit.

Ex-con Price will be brought before Wood Green Crown Court where he is expected to make a formal plea in relation to the charges in front of a judge.

He has been in custody in HM Prison Dovegate in Utoxeter since July.

Price and his associates did not know that they were the focus of a major surveillance operation by specialist English police which led to their arrests.

They were all arrested in relation to the alleged kidnap of two Stoke-on-Trent men.

Price is charged with conspiracy to kidnap and will face a lengthy jail term if convicted.

Based in Co Meath, Price is closely linked to the Owen Maguire faction in the Drogheda feud and was a mortal enemy of slain hitman Robbie Lawlor, who threatened to kill members of Price's family when he got out of jail in December.

He even took to social media to celebrate Lawlor's death on the day of his murder in Belfast last April and was filmed drinking rum in a sinister show of gangland gloating.

Price's mob is suspected of involvement in three gangland murders and, while not a suspect himself for any of the three murders, his associates are the chief suspects in the murder of Benny Whitehouse, a 36-year-old man who was shot dead in September 2014.

Members of the gang suspected of killing Whitehouse are also the chief suspects for the suspected murders of Tallaght man Willie Maughan (34) and his partner Anna Varslavane (21), who were last seen near Price's house in the Gormanston area on the afternoon of April 14, 2015.

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