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Monday, 29 April, 2002, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
Ice Cream Wars convict stabbed
TC Campbell
Tommy Campbell in Ruchazie earlier this month
One of two men on bail pending an appeal into their 1980s murder convictions has been stabbed in Glasgow.

The attack on Thomas "TC" Campbell followed an incident last week in which an underworld figure, Tam McGraw, known as "The Licensee", survived a serious stabbing.

Campbell was allowed home after treatment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

TC Campbell
Campbell pictured with his book on his conviction
The incident is understood to have happened in a community centre in Hallhill Road, not far from Campbell's Barlanark home and one of Campbell's two assailant was stabbed with a fish knife during the attack.

Sources told BBC News Online that Monday's attack may have been in retaliation, although there was no suggestion that Campbell was responsible for Friday's incident.

Police issued a statement which did not name the men but confirmed that they were investigating the possibility of a link between the attacks.

Detectives said they had met with a wall of silence in trying to investigate the crimes but they sought to reassure the public that there would be no outbreak of gang warfare on the streets of Glasgow.

Sources indicated that McGraw only survived the stabbing on Saturday because he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

One source told BBC News Online: "If he wasn't wearing a bullet-proof vest he would be dead.

It is fair to say that there may be a link between these incidents and it is a situation we are aware of and actively tackling

Det Supt Allan McFadyen
"He received 20 blows but suffered only minor injuries to his arms and wrists and slightly more serious wounds to his buttocks."

Campbell, and his co-accused Joe Steele, are on interim liberation from prison pending a new appeal.

They were jailed for life following the murder of six members of the Doyle family, who died in a house fire in Ruchazie in 1984.

The fire was linked to Ice Cream Wars in the city.

McGraw was a peripheral figure in the case but was never convicted of any wrongdoing.

Tam McGraw
McGraw has a range of business interests

He is still recovering after being attacked yards from his home in the city's east end.

Police were said to be looking for a man aged in his late 20s in connection with the attack but refused to confirm that it was a stabbing incident.

McGraw was found not proven of drug smuggling in 1998 and not proven of the attempted murder of a policeman 20 years earlier.

The 49-year-old has business interests in taxis and property and received his nickname because of his pub concerns.

He was believed to have been stabbed in broad daylight on Friday morning by a lone attacker not far from his house in Carrick Drive in the Mount Vernon area.

Legitimate businesses

Police are understood to be working on the assumption that this was an attempted assassination.

On Monday evening, Detective Superintendent Allan McFadyen said: "We are aware that a number of incidents have taken place in the East End of Glasgow that may be causing some alarm among the public.

"We can confirm that we are aware of an incident on Friday in the Mount Vernon area of Glasgow involving a number of people known to us.

Allan MacFadyen
Allan McFadyen: Facing a wall of silence
"That incident was not reported to police however several people have now been interviewed in connection with this and our inquiries continue."

Mr McFadyen said police were facing opposition in their enquiries.

He said: "It is fair to say that there may be a link between these incidents and it is a situation we are aware of and actively tackling.

"The hallmark of these types of incidents is often that the victim and witnesses refuse to help police inquiries.

"Officers are either met with a wall of silence or given deliberately misleading information."

The BBC's Reevel Alderson
"There is a history of enmity between Mr McGraw and Mr Campbell"
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