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Men face trial over acid attack and shooting claims

Police at scene
Image caption Police at the scene of the alleged shooting incident in Bishopbriggs

Two men have been accused of attempted murder over a shooting in East Dunbartonshire and another attack in which acid was thrown at a journalist.

William Burns, 55, and 47-year-old Alexander Porter are alleged to have shot Ross Sherlock near St Helen's Primary in Bishopbriggs last September.

Both men are also accused of assaulting investigative journalist Russell Findlay to the danger of his life.

They deny the charges and are set to face trial in January next year.

'Handgun discharged'

Mt Burns and Mr Porter faced the accusations during an appearance at the High Court in Glasgow.

The attempted murder charge includes a claim a handgun was repeatedly discharged at Mr Sherlock.

They face a separate charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by disposing of a firearm and clothes and setting fire to a car.

Both men are also accused of assaulting journalist Mr Findlay to his severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of his life.

It is claimed sulphuric acid was thrown in the Scottish Sun reporter's face at his home in the city's west end last December.

The charge also includes claims the journalist had a knife brandished at him and was spat on, as well as being repeatedly punched and kicked.

Both of the alleged attacks are said to be "aggravated by a connection with serious organised crime".

Mr Burns's lawyer Thomas Ross and Susan Duff, defending Mr Porter, entered not guilty pleas on their behalf.

Judge Lord Bannatyne set a trial date in January of next year.

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