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Manhunt Son of slain Irish gangster 'Fat' Andy Connors wanted by UK cops over burglaries

Raid mob used tracking devices to follow victims

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John Connors

John Connors

John Connors

The son of slain gangster 'Fat' Andy Connors is one of a number of men wanted in the UK over a series of raids in which tracking devices were used to target victims.

John Connors, also known as Jonathan Sluesy, even featured on BBC Crimewatch, in which CCTV of the alleged gang members was shown.

The raiders used electronic tracking devices by attaching them to their targets' cars to monitor Chinese takeaway owners and raid their homes for cash and valuables in November 2019.

One member of the four-man gang, Terence O'Reilly, was subsequently arrested in the UK and last summer was jailed for two years and seven months at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to commit burglary.

It emerged at that court hearing that police in Newcastle were able to intercept the gang's tracking data and warned potential victims the gang had them in their sights.

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Terence O'Reilly was jailed.

Terence O'Reilly was jailed.

Terence O'Reilly was jailed.

As well as the Newcastle cases, UK police also want to quiz Connors over his alleged part in a 2019 burglary in Reading where cash, jewellery and watches were stolen.

While still a teenager John was jailed in 2012 along with his father after they were nabbed by gardai along with Miley Connors at Ashleigh Gardens off the Skehard Road in Cork.

Andy Connors was driving a silver BMW and the two younger men got out of the car and went into a house in the estate, a court heard at the time.

As they tried to break in they were confronted by the owner, but ran and jumped into the BMW.

All three were charged with attempting to commit a theft and 'Fat' Andy Connors was given a 10 month sentence, while his son was jailed for four months.

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‘Fat’ Andy Connors

‘Fat’ Andy Connors

‘Fat’ Andy Connors

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John featured in the courts again in 2015 when he was awarded €10,000 damages for back and neck injuries he suffered in a car crash when he was 15.

John Connors told a judge his father had taken him to a firm of Dublin solicitors about a car accident but he could not remember who it was.

Connors had sued his aunt Bridget Connors, in whose car he was a passenger, when it struck a wall at Kiltipper Road, Tallaght, Dublin.

He told the court he had been treated in Tallaght Hospital where he attended on four or five occasions for physiotherapy.

He said he suffered from an unrelated liver condition which required him to stick to a low protein diet. He was unable to take alcohol and his condition would result in premature ageing.

Connors had no memory of a second accident in which he had been involved in April 2011 in Cork, and for which there now seemed to be a damages claim "still out there," it was heard at the 2015 court hearing.

His father 'Fat' Andy led a burglary gang that terrorised the country for years, robbing elderly people of their savings and using violence against them.

'Fat' Andy was murdered at The Ranch in Saggart, Co Dublin in 2014 when a masked gunman burst in and shot him dead in front of his wife and children.

The Criminal Assets Bureau is still pursuing his widow Ann for a €2.5 million tax demand.

Alongside Connors, Michael McInerney (27) is wanted by police in Northumbria and Surrey in connection with burglaries.

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MIchael McInerney

MIchael McInerney

MIchael McInerney

A fourth suspected member of the gang was arrested by Northumbrian police last year.

He is on bail charged with conspiracy to burglary.

An investigating officer previously said: "Our investigation is not over, however, and we will continue to work tirelessly with our colleagues across the UK and Ireland to bring those outstanding offenders into custody."

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