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Monday, 7 August, 2000, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Second man held over Thompson attack
Shops
Mr Thompson was found outside shops
A second man has been arrested in connection with an alleged attack on the son of the late Glasgow "Godfather" Arthur Thomson.

A 19-year-old has already appeared in court accused of trying to murder 33-year-old Billy Thompson.

Now police say they have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the alleged assault on Sunday 30 July in the Provanmill area of Glasgow.

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Robert Morrison, 19, from Blackhill, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday, where he made no plea and was remanded in custody.

Arthur Thompson snr
Arthur Thompson snr: Criminal "godfather"
Mr Morrison's solicitor Paul Burns confirmed later that he had been charged with attempting to murder Billy Thomson, of Provanmill, Glasgow.

The attack is alleged to have happened in Royston Road, near Mr Thomson's home in Provanmill Road. Mr Thomson was found with serious head injuries.

Mr Thompson senior was said to be the "criminal godfather" of Glasgow's east end until his death seven years ago.

He was well known as one of Scotland's most dangerous gangsters and was said to have worked closely with the Kray twins.

Tragic history

He died from a heart attack in 1993.

Tragedy has hit the family more than once - before the death of Arthur junior, Margaret, his sister, died from a drugs overdose in 1989.

Sole survivor Billy Thompson has served prison sentences, the most recent for possessing a harpoon gun.

He was given two-and-a-half years, later reduced on appeal to 18 months.

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