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garda probe Feuding Drogheda gangster Paul Crosby arrested in connection with teen's savage murder

Crosby’s arrest happened two days after a 29-year-old woman who is closely linked to the gangster was also arrested.

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Paul Crosby

Notorious Drogheda feud gangster Paul Crosby was arrested in prison today by gardai investigating the savage murder and dismemberment of the body of a 17-year-old boy in January of last year.

The 25-year-old crime figure was taken from his cell in Mountjoy Prison to the nearby Mountjoy Garda Station under a Section 42 warrant which means he can be detained for 24 hours.

Detectives arrested Crosby in relation to the investigation into the murder of the teenager in a house in Drogheda on the night of January 12 last.

The teenager was butchered by slain gangland serial killer Robbie Lawlor. “The original intention may have been only to give the boy a hiding but Lawlor took matters into his own hands and brutalised the victim,” a senior source said today.'

Crosby’s arrest happened two days after a 29-year-old woman who is closely linked to the gangster was arrested as part of the huge murder probe.

She remains in custody at Balbriggan Garda Station and a 23-year-old described as a “very minor player” in the bitter Drogheda feud who was also arrested on Wednesday morning.

She is still being held at Drogheda Garda Station after their period of detention was extended at Dundalk District Court on Thursday night.

Just hours after the murder of the boy, Crosby was the target of a revenge attack when a gunman mistakenly shot a completely innocent taxi driver who was driving the gangster and the arrested 29-year-old woman in rush hour traffic in the Co Louth town on the evening of January 13 last year.

Thankfully the driver has made a good recovery and within days Crosby was taken off the streets after the bail conditions that were imposed on him for the offences he was sentenced were revoked after he breached his bail conditions on 41 occasions.

The murdered juvenile cannot be named for legal reasons but today’s arrest brings to eight the amount of people arrested in the massive investigation with two men already before the courts in relation to it.

The arrested Drogheda woman is said to have a significant cocaine habit and is “deeply loyal” to jailed thug Crosby who is serving a four and a half year sentence in Mountjoy Prison for the arson of a stolen car which happened when he was under major garda surveillance because of his role in the bitter Drogheda dispute which has claimed four lives.

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Crosby is considered a key-member of the so-called anti-Maguire faction in the feud and a close friend of two on-the-run brothers who are currently on-the-run abroad.

Crosby is one of the main targets for the Maguire faction in the Drogheda feud whose leader Owen Maguire was left paralyzed after being shot in an attempted murder in July, 2018.

The shooting is suspected of being carried out by Crosby’s pal Robbie Lawlor who was shot dead in Belfast last April.

Crosby was behind a vicious and mocking phone call in which he ridiculed Maguire for being in a wheelchair which went viral on social media in March of last year and inflamed tensions in the feud.

At one stage he even goads Maguire by asking “Do you want to go for a walk and sort this out.”

He also features in another recorded phone call which was distributed on social media in which a man calls him on a mobile phone accusing him of being responsible for burning down his elderly parent’s home in Drogheda – just one of dozens of arson incidents linked to the ongoing feud.

Crosby even claimed he assaulted arch rival and Owen Maguire’s close associate Cornelius Price in a 2018 jailhouse attack in one of his bizarre online rants.

Crosby has been questioned a number of times in relation to the Drogheda feud and his home was raided by officers investigating the attempted gun murder of Owen’s brother Brendan Maguire in February of last year but he was not arrested on that occasion.

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