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Thug injured in fire attack on councillor’s home ‘spotted trying to hide wounds’

A firebomber who suffered serious burns in an attack on Councillor Graeme Campbell’s Strathaven home may be sporting a mask and bandages to cover his injuries.

Witnesses have reported a man was spotted wearing an unusual “snood-type” head covering and had a heavily bandaged arm in the days after the attack on Graeme Campbell’s home.

CCTV recovered by firefighters as they battled the blaze show the petrol bomber set himself on fire in a way that would have caused serious burns.

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The raider – believed to have been paid by a hardcore criminal – made off on foot and it is thought he may live near the scene of the attack in Strathaven, Lanarkshire.

Police were so certain the attacker would have been badly hurt they sent officers to monitor nearby hospitals after the horror fire on June 19.

Thug injured in fire attack on councillor's home 'spotted trying to hide wounds'
Councillor Graeme Campbell

“This seems to be a lead well worth following, given what is known about the attack. It is entirely possible the guy has been lying low but broke cover out of necessity.”

The source said CCTV from the latest of three attacks on Graeme’s home reveals very strong evidence that the attacker made off on foot, in a state of panic, after he set himself alight.

He added: “The video shows him standing between Graeme and Fiona Campbell’s BMWs after dousing them both in petrol.

“When he lights the petrol, the can ignites too and there is a flash on the screen as the guy catches fire around the head and chest and down one side of his body.

The councillor's home was targeted in a third petrolbomb attack.
The councillor’s home was targeted in a third petrolbomb attack.

“He starts trying to dampen out the flames and runs away towards the road. He throws the can into a hedge and that is clearly seen going up in flames also.

“Police later taped off the hedge and it was checked for DNA evidence. The guy was also spotted in the dashcam film of a taxi driver as he headed towards Strathaven, so there is a strong suspicion that it may have been a local ned who was paid to do the bidding of a more serious criminal.”

Officers earlier described the suspect, based on the CCTV, as slim, wearing a dark beanie hat, jogging top with two stripes down both shoulders and the hood up, jogging bottoms with two stripes down each leg, a high-vis reflective jacket and a rucksack. He was also wearing a face mask.

The Record revealed last week how Tory councillor Graeme, who has waged a campaign against organised crime, was only saved after a passer-by spotted his home ablaze..

Graeme doggedly stuck to his guns despite being subjected to a firebomb attack in May 2019 and an acid assault on his cars in August last year.

The vendetta against Graeme has been raised twice at First Minister’s Questions. Nicola Sturgeon has sounded her solidarity for him. Campbell, who is leaving politics owing to the threat to his life, says Scotland is becoming a “lawless society”.

Thug injured in fire attack on councillor's home 'spotted trying to hide wounds'
South Lanarkshire councillor Graeme Campbell’s home after one of the attacks

He believes the attacks were done by criminals as a result of work he did to support constituents who have suffered acts of intimidation and violence.

The third attack on Graeme’s home on Fortrose Gardens has been met with a bigger response from police.

Seven detectives are believed to have been deployed and cops have made door-to-door inquiries.

Graeme’s family have been spoken to by officers, who have been keen to examine any reasons for a grudge.

Graeme said: “I want to see the police join the dots and I want to see justice done in this area. No one deserves this level of violence and intimidation.”

Scottish Tory shadow community safety minister Russell Findlay, who has written about organised crime gangs, said: “Someone must know who this is. Anyone with knowledge of a man who has suffered such injuries should come forward.”

Police said they had nothing to add at this stage of the inquiry.

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