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High Viz Protest

I make a weekly visit to Cambuslang to the east of Glasgow to one of my suppliers. There are several ways to get there and one takes me along London Rd. A short distance beyond Celtic Park and the building sites for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, I have often noticed a house with a rather unusual frontage to the garden:

The protest message has changed somewhat over the months and years. The photo above was how it looked this morning.

Having done a wee bit of digging, I found these photos of the property on the net.

James Donnelly and one of his murals

It turns out that James Donnelly’s house was raided in 2002 by police looking for Princess Diana’s stepmother’s stolen jewels. The late Francis Shand Kydd had £100,000 worth of them stolen from her house on Seil Island.

Details of the raid on the house in London Rd are sketchy although there is a bit of chat and some links to newspaper articles here

According to that site James Donnelly was a trader at the Barras at the time. The market is a hotbed of dodgy and counterfeit goods, guys on street corners hustling pirate DVDs and fake perfume but amidst it all there is a definite atmosphere and interest and a bit of danger to be savoured by the visitor.

All of which is circumstantial and provides no indication of the honesty or otherwise of an individual stall holder.

I’m really none the wiser of the finer details of the curious case of the raid on James Donnelly’s house. He’s certainly not let his sense of injustice subside over time though.

43 Responses

  1. my stal at the market has nothing to do with the barras it was brocken into and i lost my jewelary and unaware to me shand kydd lost her jewels at the same time i have been told by a police man that strathcyde police payed a drugaddict £250 pounds cash for the faulse information leading to the [ILLEGAL SEARCH OF MY HOME JD,

    • Hi James, I hope that you are well. I met you today outside Bill’s Tool Store and we had a very interesting conversation. I looked up your friend Jim ‘Bing’ Crosby, Absolutely amazing character. With intellect such as he had, he could have made it in any profession to the top, RIP to James, he has left an amazing legacy through his writing.

      • hello Pete sorry for not getting back to yousooner yes BING was a out and out gentelman and one of the best people that i have ever met and i will miss him unreplaceable he wrote a few books and he worked as a pilot when he stayed in africa in the gold and mineingg JD

      • a great human being James Crosby one of the great frends of this earth that i can count on one hand saw one of his books for sale at the barras yesterday i was telling the man who was reding through it about bing and he bought it right away JD.

  2. were all my ceiling came down and the house was flooded the police wont fix this rab but now they tell me after me inquiring thru the freedom of infomation act [that they cant find any warrant ?

  3. the lastest thing that the poilce have come away with is that i have supossed to have wrote out a letter dropping my alligation but now the legal system are trying to keep it out of court so as the public dont get to know what happened here with this house search ?

  4. it has took me nine and a half years to get this letter thru the freedom of information act and it is an out and out fraude if you want to see it ask me and i will print it out for you JD.

  5. i was over at the court house a few weeks ago and the sheriff clerck says to me mr donnelly this si time barred it over nine years he took my papers down to the sheriff and he came back up angain he told me that the sherrif says its time barred so i sent him back down and he came back up again he told me that the sheriff will see me but it has to be a[CLOSED COURT ] did not want the general public to know of whats happening here ,

  6. so while i was sitting there they drew in over £800 hunded pounds in cash in marage thing and fine s and the staff were fanning there self and hitting eacch other with quality street sweets and opening the windows as it was stifelling hot so the sheriff clerc come back up again he says to me mr donnelly he will see you but it has to be a closed court or he wont see you at all

  7. so i had no option i went down to the court room and there was me with my three heavy breafcases , and two police officers so when i goes in everyone stands for the sheriff i sits back down the sheriff is fumbling with my paperwork he says to mr mr donnelly i am afraid this is time bared or words to that affect he said this has been going on for over nine years i said to the sheriif see thees cases here sir bursting to the seams with letters that is the reson that this is time barred

  8. he says to me nonnnon i dont want to see any paper work this is only a plilimanery hearing, then the tone of his voises changes and he looks up at me and says in a deep tone of vouse ,MR DONNELLY DO REALIZE IF YOU TAKE THE POILCE INTO COURT YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY ALL THE POLICE LEGAL FEE AND ALLSO THE LEGAL FEES OF THE COURT ? I WOKE UP FOUR HOURS LATER LYING ON A BED IN THE ROYAL INFIRMARY

  9. THE TWO PARAMEDIC WHO ATENDED ME WHEN I TOLD THEM OF HOW THE SHERIFF WOULD NOT LET THE PUBLIC INTO THE COURT AND OF HOW THIS WAS BEING COVERED UP THEY WERE A GASTED

  10. ONE OF THEM HAD ONE OF THOUSE PHONES THAT YOU CAN GET INTERNET ON AND WHEN I TOLD THEM WERE I LIVED THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY PASSED MY HOUSE EVERYDAY NEARLY [ AND THEY THOUGHT IT WAS SOME KIND OF NUT CASE THAT LIVED IN THAT HOUSE

  11. BUT WHEN I TOLD THEM OF WHO THIS HAPPENED TO ME AND I ALLSO TOLD THE TO LOOK AT THE [PRINCESS HER MOTHER AND THE FALL GUY ON U TUBE ] THEY WERE FLABERGASTED AT HOW THIS HAS BEEN COVER UP THE SAME AS THE HILLS BROUGHT DISATSER

  12. so i hope the pepole who read this can understand my spelling as i have took a breakdown in my health thru this and i have allso lost my familly thru it and allso my frend mrs nancy pennei fo fourteen years WHO HOUSE THE POLICE ALLSO SEARCHED [WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT . JD

  13. James, Thank you for all your comments. I apologise for mistakenly saying that your stall was at the Barras – I was going by the report I linked to. I hope you manage to eventually get a satisfactory resolution to the case and that you can move on from something that has obviously affected you so deeply.

    BTW, since the advent of the new stretch of M74 I no longer pass your house on the way to Cambuslang.

  14. some one was telling me that with the man in charge of the house search at the time would not let me use my own phone in my own house to get a lawyer [COMES UNDER THE CADDER RULE ] he kept ansewering my pnhoe as it was constantly ringing and he was telling people that i was buzy

  15. thank s rab for your concern by i dont think people really know of how deeply this has affected me every angle i take in this case to get justice sorted out is blocked from the SNP goverment to the police now the leagal system are trying to make it time barred ?

  16. go to u tube put in this [THE PRINCESS HER MOTHER @ THE FALL GUY ]

  17. i see mr alex salmond is at the lieing again, he lied to me when i askeed hiom for help with this case of mines years ago he sad to me [while he was canvasing see that man there he was pointing to john mason he will help you with your case

  18. i went to see mr mason on alex advice and mr mason said to me mr donelly ive wrote three letters to cief constable stevan house i can do no more this looks like a cival case to me then he come away with thi [ mr donnell this old world does not run as smoothly as it should run sometimes ] [every now and again theres got to be a fall guy and he said to me you cant beat the system

  19. i said to mr mason i am not trying to beat any system i am only trying to get my house put back to the way that it was before this [ILLEGAL SEARCH] this is coming up now for ten years and all my witnesses have died all pesioners who lived just across the garden from my hous five of them i think thats what they are trying to do with me wait and hope i die ?

    • a great human being James Crosby one of the great frends of this earth that i can count on one hand saw one of his books for sale at the barras yesterday i was telling the man who was reding through it about bing and he bought it right away JD.

  20. i see in the news that leim taskers dog got a post humist medal for its bravery great a true frend when i painted the picture with his dog the evening times would not even put it into print because i think theyv been told to back off of this case i gave the painting to the lauren curry foundation for nothing and they raffeled it in the hilton for the charity so i was pleased to see his dog at least getting some reconization

  21. a message to all of the football guys who go by my house on match days dino my dog is dieing and he is only six years of age because it is so cold in this house the vet wanted to put him down last monday but i said no he is really well liked by a lot of the suporters as they take photos of him up at the wall on match days and everyone has been asking were he was but he cant move now

  22. GOT A LETTER THRU THE FREEDOM OF INFO ACT BACK TODAY FROM THE PCCS POLICE COMPLAINTS IT AN OUT AND OUT FRAUD LETTER SAYING THAT I HAD DROPPED MY ALLIGATION WHEN I HAD NOT AND I CAN PROVE THIS BUT THE SYSTEM ARE TRYING TO COVER THIS UP FOR SOME REASON?

  23. had to put dino down gutted me

  24. RAB YOU WILL HAVE TO EXSCUSE MY SPELLING AS THIS BREAKDOWN IN MY HEALTH IT AFFECTS ME THAT WAY MATE JD

  25. Sorry to hear about Hospital JD !

  26. Niall it was my best pal dino im six as a pig ive been offered three diferent dogs two rotties and a wee staford shire but i am just in stress with louseing the big fella as you know what like he was he allways greated evry one who came to the house i think evryone was terrified of how he looked but as you know he would have liked you to deathh .jd

  27. Niall got the old jallopy back on the road but the ballancer shaft seal went on it and i have an oil leak but i am not going to do all that work again so i will just persiver with the oil leak mate Jd.

  28. haveing an art show on the 30 th of november between six and seven at JDs house london road all wellcome

  29. SHOW TO MORROW AT SIX ALL WELLCOME INCLUDING THE polis

  30. the polis knocked on my door yesterday to see if I was still alive as no one had seen me for ages very considerate of them

  31. i see the police raided old cliff richards home well i think this is just a witch hunt but he has the cash to take the police into court not like me who s skint

  32. the latest the crown office top man a mr stephen mac gown is not going to investigate this fraud letter that was written by the police and as the people, know it took me nine years to get a copy of this fraud letter off of the police through the [FOIA ] ?

  33. the latest people who are now harrasing me are the dog wardens they said my dog done the toilet and it did not have ctv of them following me in a car god whats it going to be like haere if mr soapy salmond gets his way and they have allredy put the guns on the streets without the publics knowlage ?

  34. this is thirteen years now i have been breathing in all of this dust and damp because the police made a big blunder searching my house and badly dmageing my house on the word of a drug addict who they payed a sum of cash to thejunkie for the [faulse information ] leading to the [ILLEGAL SEARCH ] of my home and they have been now covering this up now for thirteen years so who are they covering this up for the royals ?

  35. Peter if you look this guy up on the internet he was another great frend of mines in the nineteen seventys he passed away now but a real charicter put in this [THE LION MAN OF CRADLEY HEATH BIRMING HAM jd

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