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Wed Sep 24 3:20 pm  #1

Govan & Glasgow News Today. . .

Police in hunt for city sex attacker
POLICE are hunting a sex fiend who attacked a young woman in Glasgow.

He targeted the 21-year-old in the city centre just hours after violent post-referendum demonstrations took place in nearby George Square. She was approached and sexually assaulted by the man - who is ­believed to be between 45 and 50-years-old - in Renfield Street, near West George Street.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at around 1.40am on Saturday to come forward. Officers are now trawling CCTV footage in a bid to track the suspect's movements throughout Friday night and Saturday morning. Friends of the victim, who were with her at the time, intervened and the attacker fled.

Detective Constable Blair Duncan, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are ­determined to trace the man responsible for this crime and are ­currently focusing on CCTV inquiries from the surrounding areas. 
"We are appealing to anyone who may have seen this male or the attack itself to come forward."

Owners of Clyde tug that sunk killing three crew admit breaching health and safety regulations
A harbour authority today admitted breaching health and safety at work regulations after a tug sank nearly seven years ago claiming the lives of three men in the tragedy

The Flying Phantom was overtaken and pulled over by the larger bulk carrier, Red Jasmine, it was towing on the River Clyde on December 19 in 2007.

The master of the tug Stephen Humphreys (33), engineer Robert Cameron (65) and rating Eric Blackley (57) all lost their lives. A fourth member of the crew, mate Brian Aitchison (37) survived. Clydeport Operations Limited admitted failing to have in place an adequate contingency plan if fog was encountered especially when a large vessel was being towed.

It also admitted failing to provide a safety management system and to appoint a suitable individual or individuals as the designated person. A trial was originally fixed in the case for the High Court in Edinburgh before a plea was negotiated. The owners of the tug, Svitzer Marine, were fined £1.7 million last year after admitting health and safety breaches.

Armed robber steals Rolex watch and diamond ring from partially blind man in street attack
A KNIFE-WIELDING robber stole a watch and diamond ring - worth around £8000  
from a partially blind man in Glasgow.

The 44-year-old victim was returning home from the shops in the West End when he was approached by a man who asked for a cigarette. As he made his way from Dumbarton Road to Stewartville Street, the thief threatened him with a large kitchen knife and stole his Rolex Submariner watch and diamond ring.

When the victim denied having a wallet, the suspect punched him to the ground. It happened at around 9pm on Thursday and police believe locals going to vote in the independence referendum may have witnesses the attack. Police said the suspect was last seen running off towards Fordyce Street, in the direction of the park. The victim, who had been wearing his jewellery on his left hand and wrist, has been left badly shaken by his ordeal.

Anti-poverty campaigners prepare for another George Square food collection
THE father and son anti-poverty campaigners who collected thousands of pounds worth of food in George Square are preparing to set up another collection point this weekend.

Andrew and Darren Carnegie, originally from Blackhill, Glasgow, are organising another peace rally to collect more food on Saturday.

Sales worker Darren, 25, said he was "overwhelmed" by the generosity of people from across Scotland who dropped off hundreds of bags of food in the civic centre at the weekend. The collection was in response to the angry scenes which took place in the City Centre on Friday night following the referendum. They are storing food in a building loaned to them by Ruby Murry's takeaway in Tollcross Road. They are urging anyone who needs to help to contact them through social media or by phone.

Darren said: "Food banks shouldn't have to exist but while people need them we won't stop helping them. "Some of the things I've seen can only be described as horrific. It makes me sick to my stomach. People are starving across Glasgow and that's just not right." The family believe they have fed around 1500 people since they set up their food bank, Glasgow's Needy, last year.

Celtic boss Deila is finished with tinkerman tactics
RONNY DEILA will take no chances as he attempts to steer his Celtic ship towards victory against Hearts tomorrow night.

The Hoops manager made six changes to his team for Sunday's Premiership clash with Motherwell, but had to call on the old guard of Kris Commons and skipper Scott Brown at half-time to come off the bench and salvage a 1-1 draw.

Deila admitted that his squad rotation policy failed to pay off against Well, and he is now ready to unleash his top Bhoys against Robbie Nielsen's Championship high-flyers to secure their safe passage to the next round. When asked if he'll play his strongest team, the Celtic boss said: "We try to do that every time, but there are a lot of reasons why we do it [rotate the squad]. We've a long, hard match programme and you have to give some players the opportunity to get match fit.

McCoist hails Wallace player summit
ALLY McCOIST today insisted Graham Wallace's Ibrox meeting was a 'positive' affair last week after the chief executive held talks with players and staff.

The Gers supremo spoke with playing and non-playing personnel at the club after the Light Blues again hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Fears have grown amongst supporters over Rangers' financial health as anger towards the under-fire board has escalated once more. But McCoist was pleased Wallace took the time to meet with staff at the club as he attempted to allay concerns regarding the off-field position. He said: "It was very informal, just a staff meeting to keep everyone up to speed with what's happening and where Graham sees the club going.

Al's winning comeback
AL KELLOCK returned to Glasgow Warriors action last night as their 'A' team defeated Edinburgh 30-5 in Stirling.

The Scotstoun skipper missed large parts of last season through injury and has yet to feature for the GUINNESS PRO12 outfit so far this term after undergoing shoulder surgery in April.

The Scotland international made an impressive comeback in black and blue as Kenny Murray's troops hammered their old rivals at Bridgehaugh Park. Kellock, who was substituted in the second half, said: "These games give us all a chance to improve. The club boys who stepped in were outstanding."

McGregor has answered Celtic call to arms
RONNY DEILA has made great play of the fact Celtic can't rely simply on two men.

The Hoops boss was referring to skipper, Scott Brown, and last season's top scorer, Kris Commons, who combined to win and convert the penalty which gave the Parkhead club a point against Motherwell at the weekend.

Both players had initially been left on the bench as Deila had, once again, rung the changes as he attempted to juggle domestic and European commitments. The manager believes it is necessary to rest his Bhoys to keep them at the highest level of performance and fitness possible, both long term and short term.

However, there is one player who he is happy to select every week, Callum McGregor. In fact, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder is the only Celt who has appeared in every one of their 13 games across three different competitions this season.

Wilful fire-raising revealed as cause of 60% of blazes
Monday 22 September 2014
WILFUL fire-raising has accounted for more than 60 per cent of
blazes over the past four years.

ANOTHER BLAZE: Fire rips through the remaining half of the old Broomloan Road school, Govan, only a day after the former Drumoyne Primary was set on fire. Picture: Colin Templeton.

Figures obtained from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has found deliberately started fires lead to around 1,600 emergency call-outs every month. The number of deliberate fires fell slightly in 2011, but remained steady in the years since. Fire-raising is most prominent in Glasgow with just over 18 per cent of wilful fires started within the city - a total of 13,946 in the four-year period. North Lanarkshire also experiences around 2,250 deliberate fires each year, just ahead of Edinburgh and South Lanarkshire.

The statistics, revealed under Freedom of Information legislation, show there have been 181 deaths as a result of fires in Scotland over the past four years; however, the SFRS would not confirm which proportion were a result of wilful fires. Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, director of prevention and protection, said: "Deliberate fires endanger communities throughout Scotland and we are constantly working to protect the public from these reckless, criminal actions. It's vital everyone recognises the danger caused by people who do set fires and we need the public to help us reduce these incidents.

Rangers ready to hit home run in cup
ALLY McCoist today insisted Rangers don't fear being drawn against any
side in the League Cup last eight - including Old Firm rivals Celtic.

McCoist's side booked their place in the quarter-finals of the competition with a 3-1 away win over fellow SPFL Championship side Falkirk last night.

And the Ibrox club could face the Scottish champions in the next round if the Hoops manage to overcome Hearts at Parkhead this evening. Rangers defeated Premiership high-flyers Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 in the second round of the competition last week and their manager is looking forward to their next outing in the League Cup even if his team come up against their fierce city rivals.

McCoist said: "Let's be honest, Celtic would be everyone's favourites to win every domestic competition that they are in. But the favourites don't always win it.

Pro-Palestine protesters gain access to Thales UK defence factory

A group of around 15 activists from the Glasgow Palestine Action network have gained access to Thales UK, the weapons systems manufacturer in Govan, Glasgow. Around four or five of the activists climbed onto the factory roof while others blocked the doors, during the early hours of the morning.

Protesters said they had staged the action in protest over Thales' close relationship with Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company and the world’s largest drone producer. 


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