THIS is the first image of a loyalist thug who has been jailed for lobbing fireworks at an Irish republican parade and leaving a police officer with serious injuries. 

Builder David McCaig, 33, who was part of a large group of protestors against the march, planned the attack in advance at Broomielaw last September.

He hurled two fireworks at the marchers. One of them bounced off a bus and injured PC David Brown causing him 60 per cent hearing loss, burns and blurred vision.

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McCaig pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to culpable and reckless conduct by injuring PC Brown to his severe injury and permanent impairment. The offence was aggravated by religious prejudice. 

A top cop has now slammed McCaig for his "reckless actions." 

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Sharp said: “This was a shocking incident which has had a devastating impact on the officer, who was simply doing his job and making sure members of the public at the march were safe.

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“He has been left permanently impaired and unable to continue working in the role he was previously doing, and all as a result of the reckless actions of this man.

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“David McCaig clearly showed complete disregard for the safety of others when he threw that firework. His actions were absolutely disgraceful and today he is facing the consequences.

“I hope the outcome sends a clear message that violence towards police officers will not be tolerated. They have just as much right as anyone else to go to their work and return home safely. Police Scotland will rigorously investigate all reports of violence against its officers and ensure perpetrators are held to account.”