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McBride: Internet driving sectarian 'bile'

A Scottish lawyer who was sent a parcel bomb last week has said there must now be a co-ordinated approach towards tackling sectarianism in the West of Scotland involving the police, the churches, politicians and football clubs.

Paul McBride QC, who has acted for Celtic Football Club, told Today presenter James Naughtie that the problem is being fuelled by websites encouraging people to commit acts of violence.

"The internet appears to be a driver for individuals to come together and spew their hatred and bile out," he explained.

"And I'm afraid it's resulted in people dying. People are being stabbed in a sectarian way in Glasgow. As a person who works in the High Court as a QC every day of the week, I see the result of sectarian crime."

Mr McBride said that, beyond the issue of the internet, something had to be done to deal with the singing of sectarian songs and to prevent young children from growing up in a sectarian atmosphere at home.

Detectives are investigating the sending of four parcel bombs: one to Mr McBride, two to the Celtic manager Neil Lennon and another to the former MSP, Trish Godman.

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