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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2006, 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
Nightclub boss shot outside home
Eddie Tobin
Mr Tobin was shot after answering his front door
A leading figure in Scotland's nightclub scene has been shot by a hooded gunman in an attack at his Glasgow home.

Former security firm boss Eddie Tobin, 60, was hit twice in the leg after opening his front door in Clarkston.

He was taken to Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, where his condition has been described as stable.

The shooting, which took place at 1945 BST on Wednesday, is being treated as attempted murder.

Police are hunting the gunman who was seen running away from the scene.

Mr Tobin has been a well-known figure in the country's nightclub and pub scene for about 30 years.

He is now in charge of Cleaning Scotland Ltd, a company he set up last year which specialises in cleaning licensed premises.

We are shocked and very, very surprised at what has happened. We have got no idea why somebody would do this
Paul Smith

One of his clients is his old firm Upfront Group, which is one of the UK's largest independent security organisations employing 1,600 people up and down the UK.

He has also worked for entertainment group Carnegies Leisure and held senior positions with Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and hotels and casinos group Stakis.

He has also managed Rangers and Celtic football players, comedian Billy Connolly and pop star Midge Ure.

Mr Tobin is currently the Scottish chairman of the Bar Entertainment and Dance Association (BEDA) and also of the Glasgow Nightclub Forum.

His expertise has seen him also advise the Scottish Executive on matters to do with the licensed trade and adult entertainment industry.

His personal assistant Irene Thomson, 42, visited him in hospital after surgery on his leg.

She said: "He seems to be fine.
Hairmyres Hospital
Mr Tobin is being treated at Hairmyres Hospital

"He is laughing and joking, and hopefully making a full recovery.

"He has no clue at all who could have done this."

Paul Smith, the executive director of BEDA, said: "Eddie is extremely well known in Scotland, and was helping to shape policy there.

"He is a very well respected figure in the industry.

"We are shocked and very, very surprised at what has happened. We have got no idea why somebody would do this."

Police cordoned off a large section of Mearns Road and a police car was parked outside the house.

Nearby Highfield Drive was also cordoned off.

Gregor Thompson, 72, who lives close to the scene, said: "I've lived here a very long time and I've never heard of an incident like this.

This is the last place you'd expect a shooting
Gregor Thompson

"This is the last place you'd expect a shooting."

Detectives said the gunman was 5ft 9in, of medium build and was wearing a dark-coloured hooded jacket with the hood up and an inner hooded jacket.

Det Sgt William Corkindale, who is leading the investigation, said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Mearns Road last night, who may have witnessed anyone acting in a suspicious manner, or saw any suspicious vehicles in the area to come forward."

Details of the shooting

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