TWO separate targeted attacks on delivery drivers working for same company in Glasgow are linked, according to cops investigating the assaults.

The first attack involving a pensioner took place in St James Road in Glasgow city centre at around 2.30pm on Thursday, December 21.

A 73-year-old man was sitting inside his parked yellow Skoda Fabia car using his mobile phone, when two men opened the driver’s door and assaulted him with a sharp implement.

The two men then made off on foot, leaving the man with a serious facial injury.

He was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and released, however he will require further treatment.

The second attack took place around 7pm on Tuesday, January 2 in Lochleven Road at its junction with Dundrennan Road in Battlefield.

A 37-year-old man was within a white van when he was assaulted by a group of around four men with knives. The men responsible then got into a 17-plate grey coloured BMW 3 series and made off. The BMW involved was traced on fire at Linn Park Golf Club a short time later.

The Evening Times understands that the men were delivering popular crime magazine The Digger. 

The magazine was founded by James Cruickshank in 2004, and focuses on stories about local organised crime and alleged corruption, sometimes also naming alleged local drug dealers and paedophiles. The paper was the subject of a BBC Scotland documentary in 2006.

Detective Sergeant Craig Warren, from Greater Glasgow, said: “Although the investigation is continuing into both of these incidents, we believe that they were targeted attacks and we are linking them.

"Both men work as delivery drivers for the same company. In respect of the incident on 21st December 2017, these men carried out a disgusting and cowardly attack on a defenceless elderly man who was simply going about his business.

"These people clearly have no concern for vulnerable members of the community and must be caught. I believe people associated with the individuals responsible will know what they have done and I would appeal to them to do the right thing and come forward.

"Anyone with information that may assist our investigation should contact London Road Police Office through 101 quoting reference number 2638 of 2nd January. Alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”