Parcel Bombs sent to Neil Lennon, McBride and MSP


Freelance Journalist Phil Mac Giolla Bhain reported yesterday that Neil Lennon, Paul McBride QC and former Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament Trish Godman have been sent Parcel bombs. Sources said that the devices were ‘viable’ and had been intended to ‘kill or maim’. Phil’s exclusive story has now been highlighted by the Mainstream media in Scotland tonight, including the BBC who ran with the story tonight on their news channel.

The devices were found at various locations around the West of Scotland in the past month.

First Minister Alex Salmond said, “Let us be quite clear – there is a major police investigation under way to ensure that the individual or individuals concerned are identified and apprehended, and then brought to book with the full force of the law. We will not tolerate this sort of criminality in Scotland, and as an indication of the seriousness with which we view these developments the Cabinet sub-committee met last Saturday to ensure that the police investigation has every possible support to come to a successful conclusion.”

The first package was intercepted by the Royal Mail in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, addressed to Neil Lennon at Celtic’s training ground in nearby Lennoxtown. ANother device was delivered to Labour politician Ms Godman’s constituency office in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. Her staff were suspicious of the package and contacted Strathclyde Police. The third package was addressed to Paul McBride at the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. It is believed to have been posted in Ayrshire before being found in a letter box by a postal worker on Friday and taken to a Royal Mail sorting office in Kilwinning, where police were contacted.

Police initially treated the first two parcels as ‘elaborate hoaxes’ but after further analysis they reclassified them as ‘viable explosive devices’. And Police are also investigating another package addressed to Neil Lennon which was found at a sorting office in Saltcoats, on 4 March but this has not been confirmed as an explosive device.

Earlier in the week media outlets agreed to a Police request not to broadcast details of the incidents while officers investigated.

Former Celtic director Michael Kelly said, “This now is terrorism, purely and simply. It’s got nothing to do with football and the background of the summit and the Old Firm game etc. It’s up to the police to refocus their targets on these people and to catch them.”

All three have been targeted because of their ties with Celtic Football Club. Lennon has been a high-profile figure since his move to Celtic from Leicester City in 2000. While McBride has been highly critical of the SFA over their dealings with Lennon and Celtic. Godman, however, has a relatively low profile compared to Lennon and McBride, but she is known to be Celtic fan and on the last day as an MSP she was pictured in the Holyrood chamber wearing a Celtic top.

All three targets have now been given advice on their personal security. And all their mail is now being intercepted by the authorities and carefully examined before it is forwarded to them.

And Police have also taken to steps to warn BBC broadcaster Aasmah Mir, the wife of Piara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), who recently reported Rangers for sectarian singing in their Europa League clashes against PSV.

However it seems that some believe that they have brought it upon himself. Members of Follow Follow, who we highlighted not so long ago, in the racist and sectarian abuse aimed at individuals linked to FARE, have once again shown their bigoted and vile credentials.

One so-called Rangers fan supergers07 said, “Who cares, let’s be honest couldnt give a **** about that **** lennon, brings it all on himself. rot lenny.”

Another called Willie Woodburn stated, “If Lennon was a more pleasant and courteous individual it doesnt take much to work out all this shit would probably never have happened. McBride should realise you cant draw attention to yourself and expect to be ignored, especially by the nutters!”

This kind of scummy hate-filled commentary is just the tip of the iceberg from the thread in question on Follow Follow. And we call upon Mark Dingwall the administrator of Follow Follow to come out and condemn the comments within HIS forum. We also demand its immediate deletion, and if he fails to do that, then we demand FootyMad to remove it or delete the website. We also demand that Rangers Football Club come out and take action against those running Follow Follow and condemn the comments housed within this vile so-called Football Forum. If neither party does take the relevant action necessary then their silence is condoning such behaviour.

“A man may well be condemned, not for doing something, but for doing nothing.”
– William Barclay

There was some sense of reality from several Rangers fans, one called himself Number 9. He said, “Who ever is doing this is a f***ing disgrace. I can only hope that they do not think they are doing this in the name of Rangers.”

While another GreenockBear72 said, “Death threats against a mans family are completely out of order. letter bombs are abhorrent. this is nothing to do with football and should be condemned vocally by any sensible person.

There have been some ludicrous comments from some quarters, stating that Lennon was being targeted by some disgruntled Republican terrorists. However it is plain as day that the perpetrator or perpetrators of this terrorist act have links to Rangers Football Club and Loyalist paramilitaries. And anyone denying the link are deluding themselves. Who else would target THREE individuals linked with Celtic Football Club and in such frequency.

It’s time the whole of Scotland act upon this cancer in Scottish Football. Bill Shankly once said, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

But as we all know Shankly was talking out of his @rse, especially when certain elements resort to this. This goes beyond football rivalry, this goes beyond sheer hatred. This is a clear terrorist act, that Police must act upon. How many more bombs will be sent before the Police actually find the person responsible? It takes only ONE to get through and when that happens then you can kiss goodbye to the game in Scotland.

Time to weed out the scum, the cretins, the bigots, the racists and the terrorists, these are our enemies, not our next door neighbours who support a rival club. Nor the man who manages our rivals. The time to act is now before it is too late. Fans of every club in Scotland MUST unite under the one banner and condemn these actions, weed out those bigots, racists and vile excuses of human beings, and let us take back our game.

These perpetrators are not Football Fans. These people are the lowest form of life on this planet. Scottish Football Unite.

Source: Philmacgiollabhain.com | BBC News


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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