Police in Glasgow recovered a submachine gun, silencer and ammunition and two stolen cars in a series of raids linked to the city’s ongoing gang war between the Daniels and Lyons crime clans.
Officers uncovered a Skorpion submachine gun, which is capable of firing 1000 rounds in a minute, as well as the silencer and ammo after stopping and searching a car in Fernbank Street in Springburn, Glasgow, on Thursday.
A Mercedes AMG Coupe and an Audi Q3 were ralso ecovered from Hughenden Gardens in Glasgow’s affluent west end last week. The vehicles were stolen from the Colinton and Newington areas of Edinburgh and officers believe that they were to be used in a gangland hit.
The Sunday Mail, who broke the story of the raids this morning, report that a member of the Lyons gang was the intended target.
This past year has seen a dramatic escalation in the ongoing war between the two families, which has seen shootings at primary schools and a number of men linked to the gangs murdered.
In one of the most recent incidents 37-year-old boss Steven “Bonzo” Daniel was chased down and trapped in his car before he was attacked with a machete. Daniel, the nephew of dead gangster Jamie Daniel – who died of cancer last year, was left horrifically mutilated in the attack, losing part of his nose. So severe were his wounds that officers who arrived at the scene initially thought he had been shot in the face.
It is believed that this foiled hit on the Lyons’ was a direct response to the attack on Bonzo.
Police Scotland confirmed to the Sunday Mail that the gun, silencer, ammunition and stolen cars, were seized as part of an ongoing campaign designed to halt the war. A special taskforce of 70 officers is now dedicated to smashing the gangs and ending the cycle of violence.
Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry McLean, head of Police Scotland’s Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism unit said: “There is little doubt that in the last 24 hours, we have stopped a significant amount of violence taking place with people possibly being shot and killed and endangering the wider safety of the public.
“This clearly shows our commitment to tackling organised crime in our communities.
“We’re using both open engagement and covert techniques against organised crime groups.
“The firearm, silencer and ammunition will be examined for DNA and subjected to ballistic tests at the Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh to identify who has been using them.
“We’ll also call on the services of the National Ballistics Intelligence Service in Birmingham, which has special expertise in firearms, to carry out more detailed testing.”
While the roots of this dispute between the families run deep, Glaswegians have been shocked and frightened by the escalation of violence in recent months where several members of the Daniels clan have been targeted. In one incident Ross Monaghan was shot in the shoulder outside a primary school in front of horrified parents and children.
The Sunday Mail state that the Daniels are now offering a £200,000 bounty on offer to anyone who can strike back against the Lyons.
The family remain in a state of flux following the death of leader Jamie. His sister Annette, who is the injured Bonzo’s mother, is now a key figure.
Their rivals continue to be led by Steven Lyons, who has been based in the Costa Del Sol since 2006.