Scottish nightclub boss James Mortimer targeted in firebomb attack is backed by Sir Alex Ferguson and other famous friends
Famous friends of nightclub boss James Mortimer have rallied around him after being targeted in a firebomb attack.
Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the first to call the businessman hours after thugs set fire to luxury cars parked outside his home.
Former Rangers boss Walter Smith and former Celtic manager Neil Lennon have also reached out to the hotel mogul to offer his support.
It comes after two men were seen torching a Range Rover and a Mercedes in Mortimer’s Alley in Bothwell, Lanarkshire on Tuesday afternoon.
The attack came hours after neighbor Stephen McCann had his £ 260,000 Rolls-Royce Cullinan destroyed in a fire on Monday evening.
An accelerator was used to start the two fires in the properties, which are only 100 meters apart.
A source said Mortimer, 76, is convinced the offenders mistakenly targeted his neighbor.
The businessman – whose family owns the private 29 club and Rogano restaurant in Glasgow – would not be affected by the drama.
But he is concerned about the impact on his wife Rena and McCann.
The source said: “James is his usual optimistic personality and seems surprised at how people react to all of this.
“He takes it in his stride and has been kept up thanks to the support he received from his friends.
“Fergie called him, Neil Lennon and Walter Smith also checked with him.
“He says he has no idea who is behind the attack but thinks his neighbor was targeted in error.
“He feels bad about it. Whoever is in charge thought the house with the Rolls-Royce belonged to James and burned it down.
“Then they came back the next day when they realized they had made a mistake.
“James doesn’t seem up or down, but he’ll be concerned about how that will affect his family, especially Rena.
“James has received hundreds of messages from people in sports and entertainment.
“The Covid-19 crisis forced him to shut down like everyone else. He didn’t make any trade deals and didn’t bother anyone.
“He just wants things to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Former Manchester United boss Ferguson and Mortimer have been close friends for decades.
Rangers fan Mortimer also has a close relationship with Smith and Lennon, who have supported his charitable initiatives.
McCann is the boss of PPI Scotland and has made his fortune pursuing compensation claims for people who have mis-sold insurance.
Thieves targeted his house several years ago. He hired a private investigative firm to investigate the break-in and offered a reward of £ 50,000 for information on those responsible after Scottish police failed to identify a suspect.
Police are investigating a series of fire attacks on high-end properties within days.
The £ 2million house of former Celtic general manager Peter Lawwell in Thorntonhall, near Glasgow, was also damaged in a fire.
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Cars were also destroyed in the incident around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The £ 2.9million home of businessman Brendan Hegarty in the Cleveden area of Glasgow also suffered fire damage in two separate attacks within 24 hours of last week.
Hegarty helped launch the Tan-Luxe fake tan – the world’s first tanning water. He is also a publican and owns Sugar Cube in Glasgow.
Scottish police said their investigation into the fires was “ongoing”.
Mortimer declined to comment.
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