Firebomb thugs torch Scots Tory councillor’s cars and home in third attack
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Cllr Graeme Campbell was targeted at his property in Strathaven, Lanarkshire for a third time this morning. During the incident, two cars and part of his property were left burnt out after thugs struck after midnight today.
Police have cordoned off his property and forensic officers are at the scene.
Police Scotland, who are investigating the incident, were also president at a set of bushes nearby where a container, believed to have been a petrol can, lay melted.
One Witness said: “I was woken up by what I thought was fireworks being set off but when I went out this morning I couldn’t believe what had happened.
“This is the third time he has been targeted and the people responsible need to be caught.
“It is outrageous for a councillor to be targeted like this and have his family’s lives put in real danger.”
Russell Findlay MSP, Scottish Conservative Community Safety spokesman, said: “Councillor Campbell and his wife could have been killed in this disgusting and cowardly attack.
“They are understandably devastated.
“These are decent, law-abiding people and it is the third time their home has been targeted.”
The West Scotland MSP, added: “I will be seeking assurances from the Scottish Government, Crown Office and Police Scotland that this attack is investigated to the fullest possible extent.
“There must be zero tolerance towards any attack of this nature. Organised criminals prey on communities across Scotland.
“Fire is indiscriminate and even where the intent is to intimidate, it can kill.”
The Scottish Conservative councillor, who was elected in 2007 to represent the ward of Avondale and Stonehouse, has been targeted on two previous occasions, most recently in May and August 2019.
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During those two incidents, his car was burnt out and damage was also caused to another car on the drive and to the garage of his property.
But Police Scotland never made any arrests in two previous investigations.
The firebombing was widely condemned as an attack on democracy and the matter was raised in Holyrood at First Minister’s Questions.
The incidents also forced him to quit politics for three months in 2020, but he returned to the role following a phone call from former Prime Minister Theresa May.
Cllr Campbell believes the incident was connected to a planning case he was working on for 18 months.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Around 12.20am on Saturday, 19 June, we received a report of a fire at a property on Fortrose Gardens.
“Emergency services attended and the fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. No one was injured.
“Enquiries to establish the circumstances of the fire, which is being treated as wilful, are ongoing.”
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