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Journalist names man he thinks ordered acid attack on him

A journalist almost blinded by an acid attack has named the man he believes ordered the gangland-related hit in a new book.

Russell Findlay, who began his career at The Glaswegian in 1993, was attacked at his home by William Burns two days before Christmas 2015 while his 10-year-old daughter slept upstairs.

Burns is now serving 10 years and five years on licence after being found guilty in July 2017 of assault to severe injury and danger of life following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Russell, who was investigative editor of the Scottish Sun at the time of the attack, has now written of the ordeal in his book ‘Acid Attack: A Journalist’s War With Organised Crime’.

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In it, he describes his investigation into who was behind the incident and names the person he believes to be responsible.

Russell says he has passed the information to police and prosecutors.

Said Russell: “I’ve got no quarrel with the police officers who dealt with the case. But I think someone somewhere made the decision that was as far as they were going to take it.

“They had someone in custody, it was a fairly open and shut case, but it does raise questions about why that happened.

“Given that we’re talking about organised crime and a free press and given that acid was used at a family home I think these factors ought to have made the police more interested in looking behind William Burns.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A full investigation was carried out which resulted in the conviction of William Burns last year for assault.”

A Crown Office spokesman said: “Careful consideration will be given to any reports of alleged criminal conduct which are submitted by the police, or any specialist reporting agency, to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Criminal proceedings will be raised if the reports contain sufficient evidence of a crime and if it is appropriate and in the public interest to do so.”