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Expert casts doubt on police evidence Officers in Ice Cream Wars case used same words". Herald Scotland. 18 February 2004 . Retrieved 20 November 2022. The police stated that Campbell had made a statement, recorded by four officers, that, “I only wanted the van shot up. The fire at Fat Boy’s was only meant to be a frightener which went too far.” The second and final instalment will air on Tuesday, October 11 at the same time on the same channel. Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - sign up to our daily newsletter here. READ NEXT: Yet Joe Steele is a hugely intriguing figure in interview, a rough but frank Glaswegian guy, whom one interviewee says was the kind of person who would steal lead from a roof and give the money to a friend in need.

These being lean times, and with such huge profits to be made, certain van operators resorted to intimidation tactics to put a stop to newcomers encroaching on what they saw as their patch. Violent incidents involving the use of baseball bats, knives and even firearms became alarmingly common as the situation heated up. Joe Steele and Thomas ‘TC’ Campbell were found guilty of the murders as a witness claims he heard the two discussing how they would teach Andrew Doyle a lesson by setting fire to his house. TC claimed he was “fitted up” by cops and Love who, he said, had agreed to testify in exchange for staying out of jail. Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - sign up to our daily newsletter here . READ NEXT: The defence rejected the Crown's evidence during the twenty-seven day trial, and afterwards Campbell continued to assert that he had been "fitted up" by both Love and the police. Campbell described Love during the trial as "a desperado" who had been willing to be a witness, pointing the finger at (in Campbell's words) "any one of us" to avoid going to prison himself, having been granted bail in exchange for testimony. Campbell denied that he had made any such statement to the police as was claimed, asserted that the police had planted the map in his house, and claimed that when he had been arrested and taken to Baird Street police station, a senior police officer had told him, "This is where we do the fitting up. I am going to nail you to the wall." He stated that at the time of the fire he had been at home with his wife. Steele also gave an alibi for the time of the fire. [1] [7]Doyle, who it is said had resisted attempts to sell drugs from his van, survived being shot at with a sawn-off shotgun through his windscreen before gangland members doused the front door of the Doyle family home in petrol and set it alight. If you’ve never heard the story of the Glasgow Ice Cream Van Wars, then you certainly won’t get the full story here. What you will get though is Teddy Rennoc’s version of what happened when he drove one of the vans going up against the competing Marchetti Brothers, and in Teddy’s version the war really was over the rights to sell ice cream, household basics and the odd bit of stolen goods rather than heroin – I suspect the true full story lies somewhere between his and the official version. But even if you do believe that there was never any heroin involved in Teddy’s van, ice cream was apparently a hot enough property for the amounts of money being talked about traded each day to attract the ne’erdowells. The city’s sprawling new housing schemes such as Easterhouse and Ruchazie, housed thousands of people who had little or no access to shops, pubs or other facilities. While not particularly well-written – Teddy has a very random approach to capitalisation and punctuation (as he explains at the end he writes how he speaks and couldn’t afford a proper editor) – it’s still a very entertaining story, entertainingly told. I could read an entire book that just told the story of Soapy, the tiny twelve-year old terror who saw off more ice cream vans than any amount of crowbar wielding hard men ever could (although crowbar wielding hard men do smash up more than a few vans and people themselves within). He had lost three key men in a year. Thirty-two-year old Trevor Lawson died after being hit by a car near his home in Denny, Stirlingshire, after fleeing from a fight. Then Gordon Ross was knifed to death after being lured from a pub in Shettleston.

READ MORE: Death in Paradise Christmas special set to return to TV screens, here's all you need to know a b c d e f g h i j k l McDougall, Dan; Robertson, John (18 March 2004). " "Ice-cream wars" verdicts quashed as justice system faulted". The Scotsman . Retrieved 20 November 2022. The events [began] as rival gangs fought for the control of lucrative ice-cream van runs used as a front for distributing stolen goods and heroin... Andrew 'Fat Boy' Doyle... refused to be intimidated into distributing drugs on his route – something which had already earned him a punishment shooting from an unknown assailant. After conviction, Campbell and Steele tried to have their conviction overturned in 1989, but failed. Several years later, in 1992, journalists Douglas Skelton and Lisa Brownlie wrote a book, Frightener, about the conflicts and the trial. They interviewed Love for the book, who stated, and later signed affidavits attesting, that he had lied under oath. In Love's own words: "I did so because it suited my own selfish purposes. The explanation as to why I gave evidence is this: The police pressurised me to give evidence against Campbell, who they clearly believed was guilty of arranging to set fire to Doyle's house." [1] [3]James Doyle, 53, his daughter Christina Halleron, 25, her 18-month-old son Mark and three of James’ sons - James, 23, Tony, 14, and ice cream van driver Andrew - were all killed in the blaze. How did the Ice Cream Wars end? The book blurb has a caution to potential readers about the author's broad Glaswegian dialect with a lot of swearing. There was certainly swearing although I didn't actually notice any dialect (but then, I'm from Glasgow myself). Allowing for the narrator's voice, it wasn't a difficult read at all. I did notice some odd punctuation issues and line breaks, particularly in the latter part of the book, but they weren't very obtrusive. In 1980s Glasgow, several ice cream vendors also sold drugs and stolen goods along their routes, using the ice cream sales as fronts. A turf war erupted between these vendors related to competition over the lucrative illegal activity, including intimidation of rival ice cream van operators. [1] [5] During the conflict, rival vendors raided each other's ice cream vans and used shotguns to fire into the windscreens of the vehicles. [3] In April 1984 it was decided Andrew needed another “frightener” to get him to play ball. So in the early hours of 16 April someone drenched the front door of the Doyle family home in Ruchazie with petrol and set it alight.

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