Man, 28, is charged over the murder of Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh who was shot dead on his doorstep last month
- Man to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday in connection with death
- Bradley Welsh was found dead in Edinburgh’s West end on Wednesday evening
- Father-of-one gave a moving interview week before about moving on from past
- Was previously involved in protection rackets before going to jail, he revealed
A man has been charged in connection with the death of T2 Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh.
The 48-year-old was shot as he walked down the stairs to his Edinburgh flat on April 17 after returning home from his Holyrood Boxing gym.
Police confirmed on Monday a 28-year-old man, who has not been named, had been charged in connection with the actor’s death.
He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.
Mr Welsh in his Holyrood Boxing Gym. He was killed on his own doorstep by a gunshot to the head
Mr Welsh with Danny Dyer who featured him in an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men
A statement from police added: ‘He is also charged with the attempted murder of a 48-year-old man and the serious assault of a 22-year-old man in Pitcairn Grove on Wednesday Mach 13.
‘Members of the public are thanked for their assistance with both of these investigations.’
It is claimed that he was killed after £130,000 worth of Class A drugs he was guarding went missing, it has been claimed.
The Daily Star reported that an underworld source claimed Mr Welsh, 48, had been acting as ‘muscle’ to protect 3kg of heroin and 2kg of cocaine and ‘had to answer’ when it disappeared.
His partner and young daughter were inside the building but did not hear the gunshot. A neighbour attempted to help the fatally wounded Welsh but he died at the scene.
Forensics officers searching Melville Street in Edinburgh after the shooting of Trainspotting star Bradley Welsh
Hibernian scarves were left on railings near where Mr Welsh was shot today. He was a fan of the Edinburgh club
Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle.
The former gangster-turned-film-star spoke of his regrets at turning to a life of crime aged just 13, in an interview broadcast two months before his death.
Welsh admitted he was involved in ‘protection rackets, firearms, and extortion’ before his 18th birthday, adding: ‘I’ve done some horrible, horrible things.’
He told the interviewer’s Anything Goes show: ‘I was a young laddie from the ghettos and we didn’t have much.
‘Predatiousness [sic] was something that was bred into me.
”Cause they had stuff, and we never. What that breeds when you’re a young kid is you go off track – no father figure there, my brother was basically my father.’
He explained that as a young lad with a ‘sharp mind’ he not only followed others into lawlessness but took a leading role from an early age.
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