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Hunt for two more bombs in postal system

By Jonathan Brown

Police in Scotland are searching frantically for two more parcel bombs after Celtic manager Neil Lennon was mailed a potentially lethal explosive device, it has emerged.

Detectives believe the two bombs are somewhere in the Scottish mailing system, according to officers who spoke to Sky News.

Scottish police called for calm yesterday, insisting there was no general threat to Celtic fans ahead of Sunday's crucial Old Firm game after parcel bombs were sent to Lennon and two of Celtic’s prominent supporters.

Detectives said investigations into the devices — which targeted lawyer Paul McBride QC and the Labour MSP Trish Godman, as well as the former Northern Ireland international — are now focusing on a postbox at Kilwinning, Ayrshire. They said they wanted to talk to three people — a young couple and a man with a dog seen near the box — in connection with the attacks, which have reopened tensions between Glasgow's Catholic and Protestant communities.

David Cameron, who was visiting Glasgow ahead of next month's Holyrood elections, condemned the incidents.

The Prime Minister said: “It is a reminder of the appalling sectarianism that exists in some people's minds. Even as we deal with it quite effectively in Northern Ireland, it's still a problem, and it must be sought out and crushed.”

Paul McBride QC — who represented Lurgan-born Lennon during his recent dispute with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) — said he was “angry but not frightened in the slightest” after he was targeted.

“They are despicable and cowardly individuals who are full of hatred and are out to hurt and kill.

“I'm angry, but not frightened in the slightest.”

Chief Superintendent Ruaraidh Nicolson called for anyone with information to come forward.

Police are expected to deploy snatch squads to stamp out bigoted chanting ahead of the match, which could decide the outcome of the Scottish Premier League.

Background

Two of the four parcel bombs were intercepted at Royal Mail sorting offices in the west of Scotland last month (on March 4 and 26), both addressed to the Celtic manager. Two days later (March 28) a parcel for Ms Godman was delivered to her office.

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