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Police hunt for couple linked to Neil Lennon bomb case

Police in Scotland were last night trying to trace a couple in connection with their investigation into the bomb threats to Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

The couple, thought to be aged in their 20s, are said to have been seen in the Ayrshire town of Kilwinning on the same day the most recent bomb was found there.

Police intercepted four parcel bombs recently. Two of which were addressed to lawyer Paul McBride and former Scottish politician Trish Godman — both prominent Celtic fans.

It is understood police investigating the incidents now believe a former soldier may be linked to the bomb packages, which contained liquid explosives and nails.

Police said a forensic examination of the four parcels indicated the person behind them would have extensive knowledge of explosives.

A source close to the investigation said the person in question could have a military background.

“These devices are viable and well-constructed,” said the source.

“This terror campaign is being carried out by someone who knows what they are doing.”

It is believed every police force in the UK, along with agents in MI5 are helping with the investigation.

Meanwhile, two men were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning in connection with sectarian hate posts on the internet.

A 23-year-old and 27-year-old were arrested in Paisley and Dalmarnock in the east end of Glasgow and are to appear in court charged with a sectarian breach of the peace.

Mr McBride, who represented Lennon in a recent football disciplinary action, said he has found around 30 websites where users have left comments threatening the former Northern Ireland international’s life.

The Crown lawyer spoke out after the bomb threats last week, saying the issue of sectarianism in the west of Scotland is one which needs to be addressed urgently.

“People are being stabbed in a sectarian way in Glasgow and, as a person who works in the High Court as a QC every day of the week, I see the result of sectarian crime,” he said.

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