Gang­ster drives to A&E af­ter tor­ture

Blood­ied Craig Gal­lagher fled kid­nap­pers

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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

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