Border Gang War is set to resume after ‘pause’ for Mark Lovell’s funeral

Due to a feud between drug gangs, gang violence will continue along the border.

The funeral of Mark Lovell last weekend should not be seen by criminal elements as the end of a campaign of violence – but as a short break.

Violence in the area has resulted in one man being gangland-style murdered in Newry and another lucky enough to escape with his life.

Three weeks ago, Mark Lovell, 58, was shot dead outside his daughter’s home in Ardcarn Park, in the Carnagatt area.

The attack followed a failed assassination bid on his son, Ebony Hughes, in Borders downtown.

“The funeral of Mark Lovell allowed for a short break. But that was all. The threat against the Lovells continues,” a source said.

Three weeks ago, it was revealed that the leaders of the Border gangs were meeting at a hotel to discuss ways to wipe out Lovell and all traces of his lucrative cocaine and heroin operation.

Money and guns are believed to have been handed over in the hotel parking lot to facilitate violent attacks on the Lovell mob.

In a matter of days, Lovell’s son Ebony Hughes was life-changing.

The 6ft 2in fitness fanatic would have been mugged in Newry town center by a hair’s breadth.

But the quick-thinking Hughes spotted his would-be attackers and fled through the courtyard of Abbey CBS Grammar School to safety.

Hours later, the PSNI released a picture of Hughes and requested information in response to concerns about his safety.

The 29-year-old has not been seen since north of the border, despite featuring prominently at his father’s funeral in Dundalk last Saturday.

Ebony is believed to be hiding in a secret location in north County Louth.


Eboney Hughes at his father’s funeral

Last Saturday – as his father’s funeral procession prepared to leave the family home at Dundalk’s Muirhevenamhor estate – Ebony used his Volkswagen Passat to lock up a car carrying Sunday World journalists.

The tense standoff – which took place before the eyes of An Garda Síochána officials – was only resolved when a undertaker told Hughes he had to take his father’s coffin to the nearby Catholic church in time for the 11am funeral mass.

As the funeral procession pulled into the Holy Family Church parking lot, Mark Lovell’s daughter, Whitney Hughes, waved to the waiting reporters.

Two days earlier, the 26-year-old was granted bail in Northern Ireland so she could attend her father’s funeral. Border Gang War is set to resume after ‘pause’ for Mark Lovell’s funeral

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