Howard's way led killer to prison

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'.

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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.

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