The family decided they’d like a wee trip to Glasgow yesterday. When we got to Dumbarton, the A82 was closed at Milton. The only alternative route adds about 15 miles on to the journey but undaunted we progressed on the said alternative.
Later we discovered that the reason for the road being closed was a suspect package being discovered at a filling station between Milton and Bowling and that the bomb squad were in attendance.
Whilst still on our way to the city, the first item on the news announced that police had arrested two men in Renton in connection with the murder of policeman Ronan Kerr in Northern Ireland recently.
Witnesses said that they were shocked when 20 officers swooped on the man’s red Renault van as he drove along Renton’s Main Street just after 1pm.
It was blocked in by six police cars as armed officers, some in plain clothes and some in uniform, shouted warnings to the driver and passenger.
They pulled two men dressed in high-visibilty jackets out of the vehicle, pushed them to the ground and handcuffed them. They searched the van, put the two men in the back of a police car and drove off to Govan Police Station, in an operation which took just 10 minutes. A suspect was later flown to Northern Ireland.
Less than an hour later, another team of officers, dressed in full combat gear, took up firing positions around a house in the nearby village of Balloch, as others burst into the property.
Neighbours said three young men and an older male, who had Irish accents, had been living in the sublet house for eight months.
Locals said “several” young men were led out of the house by police, and claimed guns found in the house were also brought out by officers.
Quite shocking to have these things happen on your proverbial doorstep.
With so many in the world hell bent on murder and mayhem due to misguided religious and political issues, the last thing that the British Isles need is idiots re-igniting violence in Northern Ireland.