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Glasgow's Godfather: The Astonishing Inside Story of Walter Norval, the City's First Crime Boss

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He went on to become head of the elite Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and then Labour's spokesman on Justice in the Scottish Parliament. The mum-of-three told how she had doted on Hanlon — known in gangland circles as ‘Bananas’ — as she described the moment she discovered he’d been slain.

Walter Norval for example had a reasonable standard of living but there was no holiday home in Spain." He said: "I controlled the hard cases from those areas. We were after money. There were smarter people taking over at that time. He knew, in deciding to speak out against his criminal friends, his old lifestyle was at an end and he would remain a target until the day he died.

Norval always claimed that money he stole also went to local people struggling to pay the rent or electricity bill and no one was hurt in the hold up's.

The thought that someone would to want to fight someone purely because they stay in another area of the same city is now thankfully a completely alien and absurd concept to most of today’s generation. On April 5, 1978, she left her tenement home at around 9:20am for the short walk to Willowbank Primary School where she was a pupil. A major investigation was launched involving more than 200 uniformed officers and later 60 detectives.Under Norval's control was a gang drawn from various districts including Govan, Milton and Maryhill. Other problems emerged in court. Though the Crown thought they had good inside information on how the gang worked, Norval had kept everything tight. Only he knew exactly what was going on. And he was old school - he wasn't talking. During this time, Phil had placed himself "on protection" at Barlinnie Prison. This was usually provided to sex offenders but later Phil told me about the intimidation he faced during the run-up to the trials.

Last night, was the premiere of Peter Mullan's new movie Neds, which focuses on Glasgow's gang culture of the 70s, and how bright boy John McGill becomes embroiled in its violence. Blue Angels zetten president op straat Het Laatste Nieuws (12 November 2016) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 December 2022 . Retrieved 8 September 2023. {{ cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown ( link)

The Blue Angels were reportedly involved in a biker war with the Tayside chapter of the Satans Slaves in 2011. [35] The extraordinary true life of Walter Norval, told by best-selling crime historian Robert Jeffrey, Glasgow’s Godfather offers a remarkable insight into the world of real-life criminal mastermind.

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