A bullet was sent to Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the Catholic Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh ahead of the Pope’s visit to the UK last year, Sky news reports.

The live bullet was reportedly sent in the run up to the Papal visit last September, though it had not been ascertained whether the bullet actually reached the Scottish Catholic leader or had been intercepted by police.

The revelation follows Tuesday’s news that prominent people connected with Celtic Football Club manager Neil Lennon and other’s connected to the Glasgow club had been sent “viable” parcel bombs thought to contain nails and liquid explosives, in the post.

Lennon, his lawyer Paul McBride QC and the Celtic-supporting former Labour MSP Trish Godman were all sent bombs which police believe were designed to “maim or kill”.

All three have been advised by counter terrorism detectives about their security and their mail is to be  intercepted.

Police are believed to be hunting a lone bomber with a Loyalist background. The hunt is being confined to Scotland with police sayint there is no danger to the general public.

“This is focused on high-profile people who have been in the media, who need to take sensible precautions.” Chief Superintendent Ruaraidh Nicolson said.


Celtic Manager sent parcel bomb