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Iona Young

Scottish gangster 'may come out of hiding' for friend who died in jail's funeral

An exiled Scottish gangster may come out of hiding to attend his hitman pal who was found dead in a West Lothian prison's funeral.

There are rumours that Steven Lyons may come out of hiding for Andrew ‘Dumbo’ Gallacher’s funeral after he was found dead in his cell at Addiewell prison, insiders said.

The gangster, 40, and accomplices are feared to be planning a return from Spain to say goodbye to the henchman, the Sun have reported.

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Clan pals Ross Monaghan, 40, and Victor Gallagher, 46 who are also suspected to be hiding in the Mediterranean could also make the trip across.

Police Scotland are understood to be on high alert for the send-off after Gallacher, 43, was discovered dead at Addiewell nick in West Lothian.

A source told the Sun: “Steven, Monaghan and Dumbo were all close and they will certainly want to be there.

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“But it could be too risky. Steven went abroad because of the risks and hasn’t been back for some time.”

Lyons, who has a £200,000 bounty on his head, fled abroad in 2006 after being shot in the deadly Applerow Motors ambush in Lambhill, Glasgow.

His family have been involved in a vicious turf war with the Daniel mob for two decades.

The Sun reported that Gallacher was found on Friday morning. His funeral is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

The convicted heroin dealer was serving 20 years after being convicted over murder bid plots on Steven ‘Bonzo’ Daniel, 41, and other rivals.

‘Bonzo’ — nephew of late crime kingpin Jamie Daniel — was tailed in a 100mph car chase and carved up by machete thugs in May 2019.

Gallacher and five Lyons cronies were caged for a total of 104 years for the attempted slaying and chilling plots to target other Daniel associates.

Police have said inquiries into Gallacher’s death were ongoing.

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