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Legendary gangster Arthur Thompson might have been called “The Godfather” because of his supposed control of Glasgow’s underworld  but  Thompson’s influence was primarily over the city’s north side rackets

At least that was where mobster  John Friel, a plausible Irishman operating in gangland activities on the south side of the city, thought his influence should be restricted when he arranged to have Arthur shot. .

Friel had been convicted of cocaine supply in London in the early 1980s and had ties to the Irish Republican movement.

Thompson had a reputation for brutality and in his 20s had carried out work in London for the Kray Twins.  read more Click here: How fearless Irish mobster went to war with Glasgow’s Godfather – The Daily Record