LURED TO HIS DEATH BY PHONE CALL

Gary gunned down in gar­den af­ter ‘some­one he trusted’ rang up

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A DAD gunned down in his front gar­den was lured out­side by a phone call, we can re­veal.

Gym boss Gary More was coaxed from his home af­ter a trusted as­so­ciate ar­ranged a meet­ing.

When he stepped into the open, More was ex­e­cuted in cold blood by a gang­land gun­man.

GANG­LAND ex­e­cu­tion vic­tim Gary More took a phone call from “some­one he trusted” min­utes be­fore his death.

The dad of two was asked to go out­side to be picked up to do a job – but it was a ruse to make him an easy tar­get.

When the car pulled up at his house in Air­drie, he was shot re­peat­edly while chil­dren play­ing nearby looked on.

Po­lice have hit a wall of si­lence on the killing de­spite emo­tional ap­peals from More’s fam­ily to help snare the as­sas­sin.

Gym boss More, 32, was be­lieved to be a gang­land debt col­lec­tor with links to the Lyons crime clan.

The hit­man fired sev­eral shots into him on the night of Septem­ber 6 and the mar­tial arts ex­pert is un­der­stood to have died in­stantly.

A gang­land as­so­ciate of More told the Record: “Some­one he trusted has phoned and asked him to go and do some­thing for them. He was told he was get­ting picked up and that’s the rea­son he was where he was at the time.

“It’s a tried and tested tac­tic and there’s no co­in­ci­dence he was shot there in the drive­way.”

More’s sis­ter Lynsey ear­lier made an emo­tional pub­lic ap­peal fol­low­ing her brother’s death in nor­mally quiet Gart­ness Drive. She re­vealed he had died in her arms and de­scribed him as “a good per­son with a good heart”. Plead­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion that might help the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion to come for­ward, she said: “Please don’t let an­other fam­ily suf­fer the way we have. If you know any­thing, please tell the po­lice.”

A stolen white Skoda Fabia thought to have been used by the gun­man was found burnt out near the vil­lage of Bal­more, north of Glas­gow.

There were sight­ings of a car match­ing its de­scrip­tion in and around Air­drie af­ter the mur­der and it’s thought there were a num­ber of peo­ple in the ve­hi­cle.

Sources pre­vi­ously claimed More, who had a gym in his back gar­den, had been tar­geted by a Liver­pool gang as an ex­am­ple over an un­paid debt.

Our source backed up claims he was a debt col­lec­tor for a well-known fam­ily in North La­nark­shire but was also in­volved in the sale of il­le­gal drugs in­clud­ing steroids. They said: “There’s been ru­mours this was over a debt but if you’re just a debt col­lec­tor, you don’t get your­self into debt.

“He was get­ting too big for his boots and was set up by some­one he trusted.

“There are net­work links to Liver­pool but this has come from closer to home.

“But if it was some­one lo­cal they wouldn’t have found the car burnt out near the north of Glas­gow.”

More’s ex-girl­friend Natasha Holmes paid trib­ute to him in a so­cial me­dia post fol­low­ing his ex­e­cu­tion.

She de­scribed him as a “lov­able big gen­tle gi­ant” who would “never hurt any­one”.

But our source said: “Fam­ily and friends have painted him as a good guy but this is some­one who was kick­ing doors in and col­lect­ing drug money.

“His pub­lic per­sona was dif­fer­ent from his work­ing one.”

Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on the claims.

GANG HIT Dad Gary

CRIME SCENE Po­lice of­fi­cers out­side More’s house in Air­drie af­ter shoot­ing DOU­BLE LIFE More ran a gym but sources say he had side­line in crime

AP­PEAL Sis­ter Lynsey breaks down

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