Saturday 27 May 2017

Lennon bomb probe police in appeal to couple

Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures to Rangers fans that he can't hear them at the end of the game in Ibrox yesterday
Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures to Rangers fans that he can't hear them at the end of the game in Ibrox yesterday
Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures to Rangers fans that he can't hear them at the end of the game in Ibrox yesterday

Kate Shannon

Detectives hunting whoever sent parcel bombs to Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two others have appealed for a couple to come forward as they may have "vital" information.

The man and woman were seen getting on a bus near to where one of the packages, addressed to Lennon's lawyer Paul McBride, was posted.

Police in Scotland issued the appeal yesterday as Rangers and Celtic clashed on the pitch for the final time this season.

Police had predicted a surge in violence over the weekend and an extra 1,000 officers were deployed to the streets.

Nine people were arrested at yesterday's match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow -- which finished in a 0-0 draw -- but none of the crimes were linked to sectarianism, police said.

Lennon courted controversy by cupping his ears to Rangers supporters as he left the pitch after the game -- but afterwards the Celtic manager said: "It's called humour, all right."

Speaking about the parcel bombs, Detective Chief Superintendent John Mitchell, of Strathcyde Police, said: "Although we have had good public support throughout this investigation, I am in no doubt that there are still people out there with vital information regarding this crime who, for whatever reason, have still not come forward to police.

"I am again re-appealing to anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant, to contact us. Please let us decide whether that information is important to our inquiries and take the appropriate action."

Investigation

A major police investigation is under way to trace whoever sent two packages to Lennon and one each to high-profile Celtic supporters Mr McBride and former MSP Trish Godman in recent weeks.

A Royal Mail worker intercepted the most recent parcel bomb -- addressed to Mr McBride in Kilwinning, Ayrshire -- on April 15.

Police are trying to trace a young man and woman who were seen in the street at around 2.10pm that day getting on a number 20 bus.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s with dark-coloured hair. He was wearing a distinctive light blue and white top with horizontal stripes and jeans.

The woman is described as white and in her early 20s, wearing a dark-coloured padded jacket. They both got on the bus and sat together.

Speaking ahead of yesterday's game, Lennon said the threats would not stop him from managing the Parkhead club.

"I've had this for 10 years but I don't want to say you get used to it, because you never do," the Lurgan, Co Armagh, native said. "But it is not going to deter me from doing what I want to do."

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