Gangster drives to A&E after torture
Bloodied Craig Gallagher fled kidnappers
A torture victim who was treated at Monklands Hospital after being stabbed and set on fire is a gangland figure linked to a deadly underworld feud.
Despite suffering lifethreatening injuries, Craig Gallagher, 38, drove himself to the hospital at around midnight last Tuesday after fleeing an explosion in a derelict building six miles away in New Stevenston.
His appearance at the hospital sparked a major police operation, with his blood-smeared white Ford Transit van the subject of an extensive forensic search the following day.
Officers initially attended the scene of the explosion at around 11.40pm on Tuesday after receiving reports of a noisy disturbance and After leaving the building, police say Gallagher was pursued by another man in a light-coloured car who was seen carrying a weapon.
Police are treating the incident as attempted murder and have not ruled out the possibility of the attack being linked to the ongoing feud between warring crime clans. Gallagher was once a close friend and associate of Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll but was later accused of murdering the gangland enforcer after falling out with him.
Carroll was an enforcer and debt collector for the Daniel family, who have been involved in a long fire. running turf war with the rival Lyons family.
After Carroll was shot dead in a gangland hit at a supermarket car park in 2010, Gallagher was one of eight men named as potentially being involved in the murder, but was never charged.
Due to the condition of the building in New Stevenston, police have been unable to carry out a thorough search of the premises.
Detective superintendent Kenny Graham said: “We believe that there has been some sort of criminal activity taking place in the building and that the attack on the man and the fire was linked to that.
“We do not consider this to be a random attack.”
Gallagher was transferred from Monklands Hospital to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where his condition was described as serious.
However, it is understood he has since left hospital against medical advice.
Police presence A cop patrols the cordoned-off parking area
Bloodied blood-smeared van outside the hospital