7 charged with having fake gun near Celtic base

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Seven people have been charged with possessing a fake firearm near Celtic's training ground.

Two men and five women appeared Tuesday at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with "possessing an imitation firearm causing the belief that violence may be used."

All seven were released on bail.

Strathclyde police say that the seven — aged between 17 and 21 — were arrested Sunday night.

The arrests came 1½ months after parcel bombs were mailed to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two prominent supporters of the Glasgow club in the weeks after an ill-tempered match between Celtic and Rangers, clubs with a history of sectarian conflict.

The packages were intercepted before reaching their targets and did not explode.

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