An Uber minicab has been seized by police investigating the murder of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah – who was stabbed to death after wishing friends and customers a “very happy Easter”.
The grey Volkswagan Passat mini-cab with Uber branding in the windscreen was parked opposite “man of peace” Mr Shah’s shop in Glasgow, where he was killed just four hours after posting his Easter message to “my beloved Christian nation”.
The vehicle – a private hire cab registered with the city council in Bradford, 200 miles from Glasgow – was within the police cordon set up at the crime scene and was removed by police forensic officers wearing white protective suits.
The forensic officers slowly drove a recovery truck into the cordon and winched the private hire saloon cab onto the back of it before driving away.
It’s believed the vehicle, which is feared to have transported Mr Shah’s killer to the scene, is now undergoing forensic testing.
The vehicle seizure happened at 2.30pm on Friday afternoon outside Mr Shah’s shop on Minard Road in the Shawlands area of Glasgow but has only just come to light.
News of the seizure comes 24 hours after reports that Mr Shah’s killer had travelled to Scotland from Bradford.
An Uber spokesman said yesterday that the car was registered to a private hire cab driver in Bradford who last used the Uber app on Monday March 21.
The spokesman said the car had not been used for any Uber trips in Glasgow and said any driver given a private hire licence by Bradford City Council had to pass enhanced DBS disclosure tests.
Police Scotland yesterday refused to comment on the seizure of the vehicle.
Meanwhile a crowdfunding site set up to raise money for Mr Shah’s family has reached £70,000 thanks to donations from across Britain and further afield.
Police said on Friday that Mr Shah’s death was being treated as “religiously prejudiced”.