IN THE dim and distant days before the Government flogged off prisoner transport to the private sector, most thugs got their last glimpse of freedom from the back of a 'Black Maria'.

The passenger in the one above was bank robber and police killer Howard Wilson.

In 1969, Wilson, a former Glasgow cop, recruited another disillusioned ex-officer and a car mechanic to rob the Clydesdale Bank in Linwood.

The gang got away with £14,000, but were spotted unloading their loot in Allison Street, Govanhill, by a passing policeman.

When more officers arrived, Wilson opened fire with a handgun, killing one, fatally injuring a second and seriously injuring a third.

Wilson was sentenced to 32 years. He was eventually paroled, aged 64, in 2002.