Wednesday 26 October 2016

Police probe reports of gunfire outside concert featuring Irish republican band

Published 22/11/2015 | 14:51

Wolfe Tone is a hero of Irish republicanism
Wolfe Tone is a hero of Irish republicanism

Police are investigating reports of gunshots outside a concert hall during a performance by an Irish republican folk band.

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Loud bangs, believed to be a firearms discharge, were heard on the Gallowgate in Glasgow at around 9.50pm while The Wolfe Tones were performing at the Barrowland Ballroom.

Police Scotland said the popular city nightspot was busy with Saturday night patrons, but they have not received reports of any injuries.

Police were approached by members of the public who had heard the loud bangs at the junction of Gibson Street, right outside the concert venue.

The Wolfe Tones are named after an 18th century revolutionary regarded as the father of Irish republicanism, and are popular amongst Scotland's Irish diaspora and supporters of city football team Celtic.

Detective Inspector Gillian Patrick, from London Road police office, said today: "Inquiries are under way to establish the circumstances surrounding last night's events.

"Officers, including specialised search and forensic teams remain in the area to speak to local residents and businesses.

"There was a concert in the Barrowlands last night, and the Gallowgate was busy with revellers enjoying a Saturday night out.

"It is possible that other members of the public may have heard something just before 10pm. If you have any information that can assist, I ask that you contact officers at London Road on 101."

A half a mile police cordon remained in place on the Gallowgate into Sunday evening as police continued their investigations.

Specialist search and forensics teams were on the scene, a police spokesman said.

Gallowgate was closed to all traffic between Barrack Street and Moir Street, and Bain Street is now also closed between London Road and Gallowgate.

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