Glasgow & West Scotland

Two days of raids after power drill attack in Stepps

Police raids
Image caption Police raided houses in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire

Police have carried out two days of raids across the west of Scotland after a man was attacked with a power drill in North Lanarkshire.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Thursday after James Hanlon, 26, suffered serious head injuries during the attack in Stepps last week.

In separate raids on Friday, officers detained eight people and seized drugs.

The raids are thought to have targeted associates of suspects in the assault of Mr Hanlon.

A week after the attack on James Hanlon, his twin brother Bryan was attacked in Glasgow by a gang wielding weapons including hammers and a chisel.

The twins are said to be associates of Kevin 'Gerbil' Caroll, was who shot dead in a suspected gangland attack in January.

Image caption James Hanlon suffered serious head injuries in the incident

The 19-year-old who was arrested on Thursday is expected to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday.

He was detained during a police operation - codenamed Zumba - involving up to 40 officers, some from the Gangs Task Force.

This involved raids on two addresses - one in Ardtoe Crescent, in Stepps, North Lanarkshire, and the other in Craighead Place, in Blackhill, Glasgow.

It is understood that two firearms and some ammunition were recovered from the property in Stepps.

On Friday, police confirmed that they had carried out more raids which "targeted individuals either responsible for violent acts or involved in serious and organised crime".

Supt Val Thomson, from Strathclyde Police, said: "We have visited a number of addresses and detained eight people. In addition we have seized a quantity of drugs and a crossbow.

"During the operation we visited an address in Caldercruix, Airdrie, but the man we were looking for left the house shortly before we arrived.

Community impact

"Reducing violence and tackling serious and organised crime are priorities for us because they have a direct impact on the quality of life in our communities. Unfortunately violence continues to happen so we will continue with our efforts to eradicate it."

James Hanlon was attacked by a group of men after two cars slammed into his vehicle on Cumbernauld Road, Stepps.

He was treated in hospital for head injuries and later released.

About a week later Bryan Hanlon was driving along Maryhill Road in Glasgow when his Audi S4 was forced off the road by another vehicle outside Kelvin Campus.

Armed men then got out of the cars and attacked him.

The 26-year-old suffered head and groin injuries in the attack.

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