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'TARGETED ATTACK'

Cops probe if Real Housewives of Cheshire star's brother who 'fled death threats in Sweden' was killed over gang feud

A REAL Housewives of Cheshire star's brother who was shot dead in front of his wife and young child on Christmas Eve may have been targeted in "retribution" for a gangland feud, cops say.

Swedish national Flamur 'Alex' Beqiri, 36 , was sprayed with bullets after returning to his £ 1.5million London home from an family evening out on Tuesday.

Flamur Beqiri has been named as the man who was shot dead outside his home in London on Christmas Eve
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Flamur Beqiri has been named as the man who was shot dead outside his home in London on Christmas Eve
Flamur met his wife Debora Krasniqi on Facebook
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Flamur met his wife Debora Krasniqi on Facebook
Flamur Beqiri and his wife Debora credited their marriage to Mark Zuckerberg because they met on Facebook
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Credit: Twitter / @AlexBeqiri Flamur Beqiri and his wife Debora credited their marriage to Mark Zuckerberg because they met on Facebook Credit: Twitter / @AlexBeqiri
Real Housewives of Cheshire reality star Missé Beqiri with her brother Flamur
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Real Housewives of Cheshire reality star Missé Beqiri with her brother Flamur
Flamur was shot in front of his young child
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Credit: Facebook Flamur was shot in front of his young child Credit: Facebook
Missé Beqiri has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram
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Credit: missebeqiri/Instagram Missé Beqiri has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram Credit: missebeqiri / Instagram

The gunman fled the scene on foot after the slaying on Battersea Church Road, South West London, cops said.

Medics and a health worker neighbour battled to save Flamur-who reportedly fled death threats in Sweden-but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Swedish media have reported that Flamur's murder was “linked to criminal networks” in the country.

It has since emerged that Flamur was once one of Sweden's most wanted men and knows several victims of recent gangland slayings in Malmo.

Police in the city are expected to brief Scotland Yard that his association with two feuding underworld figures should be probed, a source told the Telegraph.

Sources also told MailOnline that Flamur left Sweden due to "death threats".

Scotland Yard has reportedly confirmed it's examining whether Flamur was killed in retribution for his criminal past.

Detective inspector Jamie Stevenson said the force were making "good progress" and had begun considering the possibility Flamur was the victim of a "targeted attack".

He said: "We believe Flamur may possibly have been involved in some criminality in Sweden, and are in liaison with our Swedish counterparts to try to understand what, if any, incidents there may have that might have led to someone seeking retribution against Flamur in the UK. "

Flamur previously had close connections to major figures in Malmo's underworld and was linked to a massive cannabis smuggling plot 12 years ago.

Flamur, who moved to the UK in 2016, met his wife Debora Krasniqi on Facebook and had a luxury wedding in October 2018 in Lake Como that was covered by Albanian news because local celebrities were in attendance.

Among the guests at the couple's wedding were Naief Adawi, 33, and his doctor wife Karolin Hakim, 31, who was shot dead while holding their two-month-old baby on 26 August this year.

'CRIMINAL LINKS'

Naief handed over the child to his wife when gunmen targeted him outside a falafel kiosk in Malmo's affluent Ribersborg district.

After Naief fled, the assassin turned his gun in fury on Karolin and riddled her with bullets before finishing her off with a shot to the head as she lay dying on the pavement.

The murder of Karolin-who came from a law-abiding family and had trained as a doctor in Poland before moving to Sweden-provoked outrage and debate on the country's mushrooming gangland culture.

In 2008, Karolin's husband Naief was one of a gang of 20 men who stole 62million Danish Kroner-£ 7million in sterling-in one of Denmark's biggest ever cash in transit robberies.

Naief was jailed for eight years, although most of the gang were never caught and almost all the stolen loot remains outstanding.

A source told The Sun: "Alex came to Britain, fell in love with Debora and tried to put his life in Malmo behind him."

Police have launched a murder investigation in Flamur's brutal death but no arrests have been made.

Flamur, who moved from Albania to Sweden as a child, ran record label 2020rec and had previously shared a picture with his sister Real Housewives of Cheshire star Missé Beqiri on Facebook with the caption: "Brothers!"

Misse and her partner Towie star Jake Hall attended the wedding where she shared a touching video to her 239,000 followers of their first dance with the caption: "A magical love, congratulations to my best friend and my brother. I love you both to the moon and back. A true love story. "

Sun Online contacted 29-year-old Missé's representatives for comment.

Naief Adawi's wife was shot dead in August while holding their baby
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Naief Adawi's wife was shot dead in August while holding their baby
Naief Adawi went to prison for eight years in 2008
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Naief Adawi went to prison for eight years in 2008
Flamur was a music producer and owned a record label
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Credit: Facebook Flamur was a music producer and owned a record label Credit: Facebook
Missé Beqiri on reality TV show The Real Housewives of Cheshire
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Missé Beqiri on reality TV show The Real Housewives of Cheshire
Flowers have been left at the scene of the brutal murder in South West London
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Credit: Getty Images - Getty Flowers have been left at the scene of the brutal murder in South West London Credit: Getty Images-Getty
Blood can be seen on the doorstep of the £ 1.5million home where the victim died
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Credit: Peter Jordan Blood can be seen on the doorstep of the £ 1.5million home where the victim died Credit: Peter Jordan

Neighbours have described the horrifying killing as an "execution".

The victim becomes the 150th murder victim in the capital this year-the highest in more than a decade.

'PROFESSIONAL HIT'

Neighbours described rushing to help the man after hearing a series of "incredibly loud bangs".

One local resident told Sun Online that police said they believed the killing was a professional hit.

He said: "I asked the question to the police. They told me he was Albanian and he had been living there a couple of years.

"It cost £ 1.5 million plus whatever he spent on doing it up.

"I said: 'Is it a professional hit?' And he said: 'It seems something like that.'"

Locals said the couple had two young children, including a newborn baby.

The couple are said to have carried out extensive renovations over the last year after moving into the townhouse.

'LYING THERE SCREAMING'

A floral tribute left outside the house read: "To Debbie, thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Lots of love."

Another 44-year-old neighbour looked out of their kitchen window after hearing the gunshots on Christmas Eve, followed by the victim's wife's screams.

He told Sun Online: "She just gave birth really recently.

"He was shot on his doorstep. He was inside the railings on the patio.

"She was lying there and screaming. She was with her coat on, and something in her arms.

"He was still breathing. Some of the neighbours went there to try and help. Some nurses, and there was a doctor also trying to compress the wounds.

"He has been shot in the neck and the buttock. Someone said he was also shot in the stomach.

"One neighbour was holding his head talking to him, getting him to continue breathing.

"He was still alive when the ambulance arrived.

"They seemed a very nice couple. One thing that really got my attention is they bought this house about a year ago and they refurbished it for about a year.

"It was something treasured by them. When they moved in you could tell they wanted a beautiful home."

'FIVE GUNSHOTS'

Julian Stratton, 51, was at his parents' home just metres from the scene at the time of the incident.

He said: "We are friends with a man who lives directly opposite the scene. He told us there was a knock at the victim's door, which was answered.

"Then there were five gunshots. Four back-to-back, 'bang, bang, bang, bang,' then a pause before the final shot.

"The shots were heard by many neighbours, but being Christmas Eve, most people thought they were fireworks, at first."

Detectives were seen removing evidence bags filled with belongings from the home today.

A Santa Claus decoration was hanging from one first floor window with the greetings 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy New Year' sprayed on to a ground floor window.

Photos taken following the shooting appear to show the man's body covered with a white blanket on the other side of the road from his house.

DCI Jamie Stevenson, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: "Our investigation is in the very early stages and we are still working to establish what the motive could be that has led to a man losing his life in such a horrific way, on Christmas Eve, in front of his family.

"They have been devastated by this horrible event and are being supported by specialist officers.

"We know that the victim was returning home with his wife and young child following an evening out, when he was shot just yards from his home.

"The attack took place at 21: 00hrs in the evening. Not only would many people have been out going about their business, but I am sure many residents would have been alarmed by the sound of the disturbance and gone to see what had happened.

"Did you see a person fleeing the area? Where did they go, and what did they look like? Had you noticed anyone loitering in the area beforehand?"

Flowers have been left outside the property in Battersea, South West London
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Credit: PA:Press Association Flowers have been left outside the property in Battersea, South West London Credit: PA: Press Association
Authorities carry an evidence bag outside the property
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Credit: Peter Jordan Authorities carry an evidence bag outside the property Credit: Peter Jordan
A man was gunned down in front of his wife and young on child on Christmas Eve in South West London
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Credit: Peter Jordan A man was gunned down in front of his wife and young on child on Christmas Eve in South West London Credit: Peter Jordan
Witnesses say the victim was shot several times
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Credit: PA:Press Association Witnesses say the victim was shot several times Credit: PA: Press Association
Forensics officers working at the scene of the shooting
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Credit: PA:Press Association Forensics officers working at the scene of the shooting Credit: PA: Press Association
A police car was stationed at the scene of the shooting in the evening
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Credit: PA:Press Association A police car was stationed at the scene of the shooting in the evening Credit: PA: Press Association
The man was gunned down after answering the door of the £ 1.5m townhouse
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Credit: SWNS:South West News Service The man was gunned down after answering the door of the £ 1.5m townhouse Credit: SWNS: South West News Service
He was pronounced dead at the scene
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Credit: SWNS:South West News Service He was pronounced dead at the scene Credit: SWNS: South West News Service
The area remained taped off as the investigation continued
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Credit: PA:Press Association The area remained taped off as the investigation continued Credit: PA: Press Association
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Misse ́ Beqiri shares video from brother Flamur's wedding a year before he was shot on his doorstep